The old Griffiths Scott School goes down as the new school stands ready in the foreground.
The address is still 4612-51 St. but Griffiths-Scott School is in a different location. ‘It’s out with the old and in with the new’ as the former Griffiths-Scott Middle School in Millet and is being demolished and replaced with a modern new structure on the north end of the property. The old school was facing serious plumbing and electrical issues. Come September 4th , students will enter the doors of the Griffiths-Scott School at the same address but a new location.
As summer quickly draws to a close and the new school year rapidly approaches, Site Superintendent, Glen Serafinchan of the contracting company, Pentagon Structures Ltd. and Griffiths-Scott Principal Frank Heinricks are optimistic the brand new Griffiths-Scott Middle school will be ready to welcome students for the first day of classes on September 4th. Parents and community members are invited to visit the school for the first hour of that day to tour the new facility.
The old saying, ‘measure twice, cut once’ appears to be the theory behind planning of the new school. “When I was hired in 2002” explained Frank Henricks, Principal, “there was some money to renovate the old school already in place so they had begun planning 2-3 years before I got there. Then, that money was needed to build the Falun School as they had health issues with mold. They got a new school and we were put on hold until an announcement in 2006 (that planning should commence for a new school in Millet). As planning progressed, “we got the money in bits and pieces since planning (for a new school) began 4 years ago”.
Careful planning was completed, drawings prepared and finally shovels were in the ground and construction began….but so did the rain. Throughout the summer of 2012, construction was frequently delayed. Although Site Superintendent Serafinchan is pleased with the progress leading to the ‘hoped-for’ September 4th opening date, it wasn’t without considerable difficulty. He noted that the weather delayed the hours available for construction on-site. Often it was just too wet to work. But, he also noted the weather also created another delimina. Other construction projects were also delayed throughout the entire province often putting the Millet School project in a queue for materials such as gravel, concrete and asphalt. None-the-less, “they are going to get a very nice building and grounds that the community can be proud of. We will also be developing a new playing field on the site”.
Out with the old – Sharing a few Griffith Scott positive memories reported in the Pipestone Flyer
• Congratulations to the Griffiths-Scott M.S., Millet, AB for being 1 of 10 schools from across Canada to win a $2500 Ticketmaster Canada Music Monday Grant.
• Charlene and Megan received a $10,000 BP grant to expand their core curriculum studies by engaging their students in a hands-on study of alternative sources of energy and of water quality and conservation
• “The Christmas concert is an ideal opportunity for the more than 100 students participating in the music program at Griffiths-Scott to show the level of success a small school can achieve with a music program,” explained Ms. Kerr.
• On August 18, 2010 the Griffiths-Scott teachers were thrilled to accept a grant of $5000 awarded by BP Canada at BP’s awards gala.
• A new school year and a new club. Charlene and Megan launched the Griffiths Scott Middle School Fit Club in September.
• When asked by the Pipestone Flyer to share some of her (Major Dunlop) personal experiences in Afghanistan relative to the Griffiths-Scott Middle School unique travelling exhibition of Kandahar she was more than willing to offer her personal experience of seeing the powerful example of women succeeding in the eyes of their children and families.
• The Griffiths-Scott Middle School unique travelling exhibition of Kandahar exhibit will be open to the public, free of charge, four times
• Corinne Kerr, the Griffiths-Scott music teacher is extremely grateful for the $2500 grant. She has now applied for and received a total of $12,500 in grants to enhance music opportunities for the students in this small rural town.
• RCMP Cst. Annie Starzynski wore the uniform showing respect for, and to congratulate 26 Gr. V students that successfully completed the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.
• The WW II veteran sat in his wheel chair during the Remembrance Day ceremonies in the gymnasium of the Griffiths-Scott School in Millet. Mr. Alder Greenslade has had a lot of time to reminisce because it was over 70 years ago that he joined the Canadian Forces during WW II. Now at 88 years of age during Remembrance Day, 2011, he reflectively shares ‘how it came about’.
In with the new –
• A new school filled with fresh new equipment and technology is a building block hub for the entire community
• More opportunities for the students. The school is equipped throughout with smart boards (interactive white boards), a library hosting modern technology and completely equipped to offer wireless communication
• Built around environmental concepts – more open space, natural light, higher ceilings
• Planned so space can be multi use e.g. band room/drama room can be opened up to the front lobby for performances, the science classroom can be used for a general purpose classroom, the shop can be used by the elementary student to build projects in
• Built with capacity to grow – as equipment and technology change, the school is planned to accommodate those changes e.g. new technology
• The school is designed as a ‘long school’ to cut down on supervision
• Air handling and plumbing systems are far superior to those in the old building creating a fresher and perhaps healthier environment
• Wherever possible, recycling was a priority. E.g. the hardwood from the old gymnasium will be used in classrooms in the new school, furniture and supplies stored and moved to the new school August 25th.
• The gym will be completed by the end of September or early October at which time the entire community will be invited to join in a celebration of this major accomplishment.
Mr. Heinricks is excited. “I am just looking forward to it. I know the community has looked for to it for a very long time. I am excited to be able to see the students walk through the new door and experience an exciting educational environment.”
For more information call Griffiths-Scott (phones operational August 27th) at 780 387 4101