Student growth in Blackfalds

Along with updates about a new school, Wolf Creek Public School (WCPS) board is hoping for proactive discussions

Along with updates about a new school, Wolf Creek Public School (WCPS) board is hoping for proactive discussions on a number of topics to arise from a meeting with the Town of Blackfalds.

At the school board’s Dec. 18 meeting, trustees were encouraged by secretary-treasurer Joe Henderson to also ask about high school projections and about possible locations.

Henderson said if high school enrolment trends continue arrangements will have to be made for high school students and Lacombe Composite High School will meet capacity within the next 10 years.

For the Jan. 14 joint meeting, trustees decided to create their own agenda items to go with Blackfalds’. “We’ll just put it together that these are the items we’d like to discuss,” said Henderson.

On the agenda so far are elementary school updates, high school projections and joint facilities.

Trustee Karen Engen wanted to know if the school board was going to the meeting to listen and learn about Blackfalds’ agenda items or if they were there in an active role to provide a response to the items.

Blackfalds agenda items include substance abuse, bullying and violence in schools. Trustee Bob Huff felt these items needed to be actively addressed.

“These are items they need to looking at as a community and also with us,” said Engen.

The board decided they would go to the meeting, work collaboratively with Blackfalds, but only listen to the agenda items.