New junior high school in Okotoks one of 15 schools in Alberta
Premier Alison Redford officially opened the new junior high school in Okotoks Thursday morning, just in time for the new school year.
The Premier mingled with students and families at Westmount Elementary Junior High School. Okotoks is one of the fastest growing cities in Alberta. Its population grew 43 per cent from 2006 to 2011, from 17,150 to 24,511.
“Albertans have told us that education is a priority; schools such as Westmount Elementary Junior High will allow our teachers to provide excellent learning opportunities to our children,” said Premier Alison Redford. “The students who come to Westmount will receive the highest level of public education and be set on a path to fulfill their potential.”
“Westmount School is so much more than just bricks and mortar for the thousands of students who will attend; it is a place where they will learn, discover and grow,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson.
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“An educated society is a vibrant, prosperous one, and investments in schools in our growing communities like Okotoks are really investments in our collective future.”
“We are thrilled to add Westmount School to the Foothills School Division family of schools,” said board chair Diana Froc. “The added space will help relieve pressures in our other elementary and junior high schools in the fast-growing Okotoks region. This is an exciting time for our students, staff and families.”
Redford says the Alberta government is committed to building Alberta’s economic future and investing in its families and communities, including the education system and its supporting infrastructure. Alberta municipalities will be supported through quality learning environments for students that reduce travel times and have kids stay in their communities.
“On budget and weeks ahead of schedule, these world-class facilities will serve Alberta’s students and communities for generations to come,” said Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale. “I commend all the partners involved in these new school projects for providing our students and these communities with excellent facilities to inspire learning.”
The new junior high school in Okotoks is one of 15 new schools opening this school year in seven Alberta communities. These schools will serve as centers of learning, and meeting places for the community.