Sherwood Park, AB. — “Albertans have benefited from the strength of their public education system for generations. For years, the investment of tax dollars in public education has paid dividends in many forms—including hundreds of thousands of highly skilled workers, innovative entrepreneurs, and leaders who have forged new paths through dynamic research and development in a variety of sectors. As such, going forward, it’s imperative public dollars remain with public schools to ensure a viable, sustainable and equitable public education system.

“On an ongoing basis, public school programming is evolving and preparing students for a world of changing needs and expanding horizons. Those who are graduating today are trained to think critically and approach complex challenges with well-developed problem-solving skills. Moreover, where literacy once referred only to reading skills, children attending public schools in Alberta are now highly literate in a range of areas including mathematics, sciences, humanities and arts—which is proven by the province’s consistently high ranking as a centre for educational excellence, both nationally and internationally.

“As a provider of choice in education, Elk Island Public Schools consistently delivers a broad range of programming options for students of varied backgrounds and interests. From specialized languages and faith-based programs to advanced academic opportunities and competitive sports to specialized supports and continuing education, students within the Division have the chance to push past their limits and find meaningful ways to contribute to and grow their communities.

“Our schools are diverse, inclusive and welcoming to all students. Our programs are based on sound current pedagogy rather than ideology and are delivered by highly trained, certified teachers who embrace a pervasive culture of lifelong learning. Additionally, oversight and guidance are provided by locally elected trustees, who, in turn, are accountable to the constituents in the communities they serve.

“It’s essential the foundations of Alberta’s public schools are respected and maintained, and taxpayer dollars are used to support the system that best serves the interests of the majority of students. Diluting resources among other education providers—without a mandate for inclusivity and public accountability—risks weakening the province’s capacity to compete in an increasingly complex society.” — Trina Boymook, Board Chair, Elk Island Public Schools

 

EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,400 students in 43 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

 

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For more information contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902