Students and parents have reason to celebrate as the Stelmach government announced funding for a new joint facility that will serve students from St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic School Division and the Black Gold Regional Division.
“The announcement acknowledges overcrowding in Beaumont schools and the desire of Catholic families to have a permanent school to call their own,” says Superintendent Jamie McNamara. Beaumont is one of Canada’s fastest growing communities. With a population over 12,000 people and with 25% being under the age of 14, the town desperately needed more classrooms to continue to attract families.
While Alberta Infrastructure works on the plans for the new school, the Premier confidently predicted that the school could open as soon as “in the fall of 2014.” Some of the construction will be funded by private and public partnerships; however, the school will be fully owned and operated by the school boards.
“On behalf of the STAR Board, I wish to acknowledge the work of Premier Stelmach, Education Minister Hancock, and MLA Rogers for addressing the desperate need for more classrooms,” said Board Chair, Maria Lentz. “Our prayers and hard work have been answered; we will have a permanent home for Catholic Education in Beaumont.”
When the new Catholic school opens its doors, its name will remain Académie Saint-André Academy.