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Sherwood Park, AB. — Representatives of the media are invited to join Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) as it hosts the grand opening ceremony for SouthPointe School on September 23.

The ceremony includes greetings from local dignitaries including Trina Boymook, the board chair of EIPS; Elder Wilson Bearhead; David Eggen, Alberta’s education minister; and Gale Katchur, the mayor of the City of Fort Saskatchewan. Other highlights include a plaque presentation from the Government of Alberta; reflections from the school’s principal, Carol Brown; and student performances.

On Aug. 30, 2017, the new facility opened with more than 5,545 square metres of space and a student base of 322—a number that will grow as junior high students are introduced over the next three years. Other features include state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with the latest technology; a collaborative learning commons; innovative learning spaces such as the foods lab, science labs, and open-concept drama and music room; and several flexible spaces to enhance learning opportunities.

“So many people were involved in this project—EIPS, the province, the city, many partners, staff and students, and our school community,” says Boymook. “Together we have created a state-of-the-art facility that exemplifies how to incorporate a school design into a neighbourhood setting. SouthPointe School sets the bar for future educational facilities and inspires educational excellence. We could not be more proud.”

Event Details: Grand Opening Ceremony

Date:         Sept. 23, 2017
Time:         1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location:    SouthPointe School, 11 SouthPointe Blvd., Fort Saskatchewan, AB.
Photo op: Government of Alberta presenting official school plaque to the EIPS Board of Trustees, school representatives and students. Board Chair Trina Boymook, Alberta’s Education Minister David Eggen, Alberta’s member of legislative assembly, Jessica Littlewood, Mayor Gale Katchur, Elder Wilson Bearhead, school officials and students will be available for photos and interviews.

NOTE: Principals have the responsibility to limit media coverage only to students approved for interviews. Reporters attending the event are requested to receive permission from a school EIPS representative before interviewing or photographing students. Thank you for your co-operation, and for joining us.

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