By Justin Seward
Schuler School showcased their brand new building in front of packed gymnasium of local MLAs, PRSD representatives, parents and organizations that donated during the construction process during a grand opening ceremony on Jan. 31.
“It feels terrific,” said Schuler School principal Jason Duchscherer.
“It’s been many years of work and progress to get to today to this finish line. But it feels great and it’s such a wonderful learning space for students and space. It’s amazing.”
Students get to experience the whole deal with Smart TVs, chrome books, USB tables, sliding doors, electric blinds and a hydraulic stage in the gym when they walk through the doors.
“It really has it all,” he said.
“There’s nothing that this building is lacking for the students.”
Duchscherer passed the microphone over to Grade 1 student Senya Hietamma during the ceremony to say a few words about her favourite parts of the building.
“ I am very excited to be one of the first students to call the new Schuler School my school,” said Hietamma.
“The stereo sounds really cool and the stage is really neat because it can go down in two different ways. I also love the learning commons and all the books on the shelves. The learning commons has tables and soft seats and they are great to sit on. The TV is also great (and)our new chrome books are fun and easy to use.”
PRSD school board trustee and chair Stuart Angle, who was a former principal at the old school, started off his speech with an educational joke, asking “What do you call three trees together?”
A student replied “A tree-o!” to
“It is incredible,” said Angle.
“This is a community school in every sense of the word. I’ve always loved the Schuler community in the two years I was principal here. It was a marvelous community with great kids and families. The new Schuler School building can be proud together. It will stand the test of time and be here for many generations.”
Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes had a tour earlier in the morning and was impressed because to him that is what it is all about is “ the infrastructure and opportunity to provide top quality education in Alberta for all our young people.”
“I am grateful to the Hilda-Schuler, and Cypress County communities. When I look at the two boards and I see all of the donors, the people that gave their time and money, this is what Alberta is about, working together to make sure top quality education are their for all Albertans, especially for the next generation.”
The school has been opened since last September.