Students are headed back to the classroom Thursday for the first day of classes at Edmonton Public Schools and this year, three new schools are opening in the city.
Michael Janz, board chair for Edmonton Public, says nearly 95,000 students will attend public schools in Edmonton this fall and everyone is excited about the new facilities.
“The three new schools are Nelly Carlson School in McTaggart, Roberta MacAdams School in Blackmud Creek and Dr. Margret Ann Armour in Ambleside and those schools will be taking new kids on Thursday,” explains Janz.
Janz says nearly 95,000 students are enrolled this year, which is up from the 89,000 just two years ago.
“Despite all the talk of recession and economic downturn, there were a lot of babies born about five or six years ago and there are still a lot of families that are choosing to call Edmonton home and we’re seeing there are an additional 3,000 students coming to Edmonton Public Schools this year,” explains Janz.
Janz says even with an economy in less than ideal condition, the number of students in Alberta continues to rise.
“It is crazy that in the last two years we’ve gone from 89,000 kids to 95,000 kids,” explains Janz. “We don’t have the final numbers yet until September 31st, the school census day we have every year.
Janz says the principals are already at the schools and teachers are back getting everything ready.
“Already we’re seeing higher numbers of enrollment, pre-enrollment and lots of families are choosing Edmonton Public Schools,” adds Janz.
Janz says everything is clean, all the computers are hooked up and the old and new schools are all ready for students to come back to class. (twd)