Swinging Time at Springwood
Prince George, B.C.- It may seem like an odd time of the year to be celebrating the start of a new school year, but that’s exactly what was happening at Springwood Elementary last evening as parents, students and staff gathered at the school in the north end of Prince George for a community bar-b-q last evening.“Children are looking forward to June 30th perhaps teachers are looking forward to June 30th” says School District 57 Superintendent Marilyn Marquis Forster “But even as we bring to conclusion one academic year, the planning has been place for a good long time for the start up in September. So I do think children like to leave school at the end of a year, knowing where they’re going, who they’re going to be with, and what it’s going to look like in the fall, and this is a chance for our Springwood children to have that same experience.”
Renovations have been underway to make the former elementary school ready to welcome students once again, as its doors have been closed to all for 7 years now.
“Generally speaking parents are excited” says Marquis-Forster who notes enrolment for the reopening of Springwood is now at 174, up from the 160 initially expected.
All staff members have now been hired, the Principal, Kelly Johansen was named to that position in mid May. She moves from Heather Park to Springwood, and is looking forward to the move “My experience at Heather Park was phenomenal, I am going to really miss that building, but at the same time, I’m really excited about this opportunity and a unique one it is to open a school.”
While welcoming the smaller classes, some parents are expressing concern about their children having to walk along the busy North Kelly Road to get to class. “There is no sidewalk, the crosswalk is not well marked and traffic really barrels down this road” said one parent to 250News.
There is work to be done on the transportation piece, ensuring the school zone speed limits have been re-posted, the cross walk paint freshened up, and the neighbourhood reminded children will be heading back to the school.
Superintendent Marquis Forster says the School District is planning an open house for parents and students in the last week of August.