In Pictures: the opening of the new Revelstoke Secondary School
By David F. Rooney
There was high praise for the staff and students of Revelstoke’s School District 19 from Education Minister George Abbott during the official opening of the new RSS building last Wednesday.
“You are second to none and I don’t say that to anyone,” he said, adding his belief that much of the district’s success is due to the dedication and vision of Superintendent Anne Cooper.
“It didn’t happen by accident. You have the finest superintendent in the province. Before you go, Anne (she will soon be retiring), we’re going to spirit you away and clone you at least 60 times.”
Abbott said that while it is worth celebrating the bricks and mortar that represent the new high school he has to acknowledge that the district’s success is truly due to they way its staff and community function as a team, inspiring spectacular results from the student body.
School Board Chairman Alan Chell acknowledged the truth of Abbott’s comments and said staff have “been guided by what is best for the community.”
The results of cooperation at the school and in the community’s many social levels have helped, said Mayor David Raven, propel Revelstoke into eighth place as a successful community.
For her part, Cooper had to work to control her emotions as she thanked all of the district staff, the board and the Ministry of Education for “this splendid school (that) will serve our community well for years to come.”
Later that afternoon, district staff as well as representatives from Graham Construction and Dialog Architects guided residents on a classroom-by-classroom tour of the facility.