School divisions showing leadership
By: Wheel staff
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 11:28 am
It was a devastating experience and it is not over, but if we have learned anything from the flood ordeal it is incredible successes can be achieved when facing adversity.
One of those successes is the agreement between the Foothills School Division (FSD) and Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools (CRCS) to share space in High River.
The two school divisions deserve a great deal of credit for the partnership they have formed in the wake of the floods.
CRCS’s High River schools, Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate, were decimated and FSD did not escape unscathed as its administration building and Spitzee School were badly damaged as well.
The school divisions were battered and bruised, but they were not ready to give up on having High River’s schools ready for September.
It seemed like an impossible task especially considering the state of the Catholic schools.
How then would CRCS be able to offer Catholic education in High River without a school?
With a little help from their friends.
CRCS students will be sharing space at Senator Riley School in High River, which will enable Catholic students to remain at home.
This is a welcome agreement as historically the two school divisions have had an amicable, but indifferent relationship.
Previous endeavours to share school space flopped badly.
For example, before Holy Spirit Academy was built plans to share space at Spitzee School failed miserably. The two sides battled over everything from recess times to crosses on walls.
The two student bodies had to be segregated and could not intermingle? Seems trivial now, but an agreement could not be reached and the Catholic students settled for the old nurses residence in High River.
Times have changed and so has the leadership within the two divisions, which certainly played a role in this new relationship.
Ironically, CRCS superintendent Scott Morrison was the principal of Holy Spirit Academy and he certainly knows first hand the difficulties the two divisions had during the Catholic school’s infancy.
This agreement between the two divisions shows outstanding leadership and the potential in future partnerships is bright.
Most importantly, they put their differences aside to what was best for their students.