Hundreds of students enrolled in Calgary’s public school system headed back to class on Tuesday in brand new schools.
The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is opening 8 new schools this month, including:
Auburn Bay SchoolCopperfield SchoolKenneth D. Taylor School (in Evanston)New Brighton SchoolNelson Mandela SchoolPeter Lougheed School (in Saddle Ridge)William D. Pratt School in (in Royal Oak)Buffalo Rubbing Stone School (in Panorama Hills)
Although originally set to open on Sept. 6, Buffalo Rubbing Stone School will instead open on Sept. 26 due to construction delays. In addition, Peter Lougheed School is expected to open during the “first week” of school, according to the CBE.
“We are working closely with the families of these schools to provide updates on construction and contingency plans for students,” CBE spokesperson Dany Breton said.
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The new schools have a total capacity of 6,600 students.
“These new facilities will not only benefit the students who are attending them, but also the community, as these new schools grow into hubs of activity,” Chief Superintendent David Stevenson said.
Copperfield School open for the first day of school! Principal Swain talks to Global about this new #yycbe school. pic.twitter长沙桑拿/w8phpmRwzW
— CBE (@yyCBEdu) September 6, 2016
In addition to eight new schools, modernization projects at Bowness High School and Jack James High School have been completed.
Bowness now offers a new wing of classrooms, a culinary arts classroom and a robotics lab, as well as automotive and wood shop upgrades.
Jack James, meanwhile, has undergone upgrades to auto body, building trades, horticulture and child care spaces.
A new Catholic school also opens this month; Our Lady of Grace School in Evanston will have students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 9.