Prescott Learning Centre Grand Opening
October 24, 2016 - Parkland School Division opened the doors to its 22nd school in the jurisdiction when Prescott Learning Centre officially opened for learning on August 31, 2016. The division also operates a number of alternate sites including Connections for Learning, two high school outreach programs and an institutional program.
Prescott Learning Centre houses students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and will expand to Grade 9 for the 2017-2018 school year. On the Division’s September 30th enrolment report, Prescott reported a student population of 587 students.
"To say this building is long overdue would be a major understatement," stated Parkland School Division Board Chair Eric Cameron.
"Prescott Learning Centre will provide a terrific, flexible learning environment that will enable our students to bring Parkland School Division’s Vision and Mission to life. To be handed the keys in mid-August forcing staff to do a quick move in time for children to come in was extremely rewarding for the Board of Trustees to see that it was such a smooth start. It was wonderful to watch the children on Opening Day August 31st. It was so exciting for them and their parents."
The school staff is lead by Principal Karen Stride-Goudie and Assistant Principal Nealle Dickson. The administration leads a team comprised of 24 classroom teachers and 11 support staff in various positions.
"Our Board recognized the opportunity to build a state-of- the-art facility that would not just be a place where learning happens," explained Superintendent Tim Monds.
"Thanks to carefully thought out planning and design, this will be a place that enhances learning, that’s flexible to adapt environments and it will be more conducive to 21st century learning. We are extremely proud of the relationships built and strengthened along the way to bring Prescott Learning Centre and the adjacent Beaverbrook Wellness Centre to life. Thanks to a generous donation by Cisco Systems and Compugen, Prescott Learning Centre will be one of the best-equipped schools in the province from a technology standpoint. Collaboration with Cisco has included PSD teachers and Educational Technology teams with input from the ground level up to explore ways to enhance our children’s educational journey."
The state-of-the-art equipment will allow teachers and students to stream, record and access on-demand video content to support in-class and virtual learning.
Beaverbrook Wellness Centre
The Beaverbrook Wellness Centre on schedule to open some time in the new year is the result of a co-created vision and collaborative effort between Parkland School Division, Beaverbrook Developments and the City of Spruce Grove. The centre will be a place where families will have access to licensed and accredited before and after school child care along with support services connecting the great work by organizations like the YMCA, a second (soon-to-be-announced) like-minded tenant and the City of Spruce Grove’s Family & Community Support Services.
Parents have identified a primary area of concern and are looking for more resources when it comes to mental health and child care services. The fastest growing population segment for the City of Spruce Grove is 0-4 years old and Parkland School Division is experiencing unprecedented growth when it comes to children requiring some level of specialized programming or support. Working with accredited child care and healthcare professionals will benefit those who need it the most. A world-class facility home to these much needed supports and services will better prepare students and will continue to benefit the community for years to come.
For further information, contact:
Prescott Learning Centre
340 Pioneer Road
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 0T1
Phone: 780-571- 8079
Fax: 780-962- 0603