Education Minister Adriana LaGrange was on a local area tour on Sept. 11 and made a stop at Prairie Rose School Division’s office.
“Very pleased to host the minister at the Prairie Rose School Division,’ said Stuart Angle, PRSD vice-chair
“She’s the first minister to actually visit the division office. We had good conversations. There was certainly a lot of sharing and listening and perspectives we presented her. Some of them are unique challenges as she has heard from every other board she has visited.”
Most of the conversation that the PRSD board had with her was focused on the rural school division and its share of challenges.
“We are the second largest, contiguous geographic border land mass in Alberta,” said Angle.
“Northlands is the only one that is physically larger. We emphasized a lot of our conversation around that distance really matters. With that, she’s somewhat familiar with that from earlier days.”
LaGrange said this is the “lens” she’s using to develop the education component of the upcoming budget.
“I’m so impressed with the level of engagement of the boards, that they really want to do what’s best for kids and serve, and provide the absolute best education possible for them,” said LaGrange.
“What I did hear from the school boards is … ‘how can we make education better? How can we utilize the resources that we do have – the dollars that we do have – to be the absolute best capabilities for the benefit of the kids?’
-With files from Jeremy Appel, Alberta Newspaper Group