Students in Tatamagouche have an extra reason to celebrate the holiday season.
On the first day of winter vacation, Education Minister Karen Casey, also MLA for Colchester North, announced a new school would be constructed in that community, amalgamating grades Primary to 12.
This is a significant commitment to the children of this area now and into the future, offering opportunities that will bring them into the modern age.
It is unfathomable that in this day and age of school technology, the elementary school does not have a cafeteria, nor a gymnasium that adequately meets the physical education needs of students.
The high school was constructed in the 1950s, more than 60 years ago, long before computers, Internet and push-button phones were introduced into the mainstream population. But despite the challenges of attending older-style, rural schools the student body has done well to achieve high standings on provincial exams and turn out a great number of civic-minded citizens.
Children attending both schools today have a great deal to look forward to, as do the staff, that will benefit from a new modern facility.
The minister recognizes the infrastructure of the high school is not designed for modern technology, nor is it designed for new approaches to communication between students, staff, the board, other schools and the department.
Casey said this construction will allow modern new spaces for students to take their IT courses, for them to use the current technologies when they are doing their research, to allow teachers to use current technologies for delivering their curriculum and it will just bring Tatamagouche and those students into the new age.
She commended the community for making the recommendation to the board and subsequently to government that is “in the best academic interests of the students and one that is affordable to the school board and the government.”
We look forward to following the site selection process in the new year.
We would be remiss if we did not congratulate Ecole acadienne de Truro, which was also included in the recent announcement. It is to receive $2.5 million to add a number of new classrooms to make room for expanding enrollment.