Minister Gordon Wyant was in the Border City this week to tour a number of area schools. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LLOYDMINSTER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION
Saskatchewan Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gordon Wyant was in the Border City this week as he made his way to tour a couple of schools.
Wyant made a stop at Holy Rosary High School (HRHS), where the school showed him the rounds and discussed a possible expansion for the school.
“We are looking at more classroom space,” said principal Vince Orieux.
“And new areas for counselling offices and administration offices to accommodate the growth at Holy Rosary.”
The school was originally built for 750 students; right now they are pushing more than 900 students enrolled.
“It’s going to grow next year, and looking down the road, three to four years we are anticipating 1,100-1,200 students. So, there are challenges with space and it’s only going to get worse,” said Orieux.
The growth, Orieux said was attributed to the success the school has had.
“Our graduation rates are high, our reading rates are high, students are successful with teachers who care, and our French immersion program is popular,” he said.
The plan with the visit was the leave a lasting impression on the minister. Orieux said they have been in discussions with the government for two years, and the growth wasn’t a new problem.
HRHS moved into the building they are now in 2001.
“When they made the move in 2001 there were roughly 550 students, and graduating classes were barely 100 students. This year we are graduating 185 students. So, it grows about 30 students every year, and the trend is to continue for that to grow,” said Orieux.
Director of Education Nigel McCarthy said the division was pleased to show Wyant around and give him some insights on what is going on.
“The greatest success that we always celebrate is how many students graduate every year,” he said, also adding the reading rates in the division was at an all-time high.
However, challenges he wanted to share with the minister was how to accommodate all of the students and programs.
“We continue to be really attentive to building for the future because those students in Kindergarten deserve to have the same opportunities as those who are presently graduating from Holy Rosary,” said McCarthy.
Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young said it was important to have Wyant come to the city.
“It’s more important for them to actually come and physically see what the situation is here in Lloydminster, and what education is doing for kids,” she said.
Wyant also made stops at the Lloydminster Public School Division while he was in the city.