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New Williamstown school to open as K-4

RVS Briefs: From the Dec. 1 meeting

By: Nick Kuhl

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 07, 2011 04:08 pm

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The new elementary school set to open in Williamstown next year has been given a K-4 grade structure, and will feature an attendance area from the Williamstown, Reunion and Silver Creek communities.

The Rocky View School’s board of trustees voted unanimously, during their regular meeting Dec. 1, to open the school as a K-4 in 2012, move it to a K-5 in 2013 and potentially return to a K-4 in 2014 when a new middle school is set to open in Sagewood.

“RVS places a high priority on elementary schools being community schools, with most of the school population within the walk-limit,” said superintendent Greg Bass.

“I think this will end up being something that will satisfy,” said Airdrie trustee Don Thomas, who tabled the motion. “But this is a precursor that we will be debating attendance boundaries in Airdrie.”

The new school will open with around 200 full-time equivalent students, depending on the potential inclusion of the new Airdrie Christian program, which will be revisited during the next RVS board meeting in January.

Financials approved

The board approved the RVS’ Audited Financial Statement (AFS) for the year ending Aug. 31. The motion was carried unanimously. Board members, as well as two independent chartered accountants, carried out the audit.

“We did better than we had anticipated,” said Bob Willson, RVS director of finance.

“I feel confident about this recommendation,” said trustee Norma Lang.

The AFS and archived RVS budgets are available at www.rockyview.ab.ca

Ed results report approved

The RVS board of trustees approved the Annual Education Results report, detailing the progression of the 2010-13 Education Plan. The 18 accountability reports, detailed measurements, achievements and the seven essential conditions for 21 Century Learning: vision, systems thinking, 21 Century skills, learning environments, educator proficiency, access, and infrastructure and accountability.

“We have built a composite of what the three-year accomplishments look like,” Bass said.

The next board meeting will be Jan. 12, 1 p.m. at the Education Centre in Airdrie.


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