By Tracey Vaillancourt
The Sudbury Catholic District School Board and many parents in Valley East and the surrounding area are anxious for a new school year to begin.
ThatÂ?s because the new Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School will open its doors for its first group of students.
The parents along with registered students of the school were involved in researching and evaluating various names in a Â?name the school projectÂ? to finally bring forward this recommendation.
The parents also agreed on the colours and uniforms. The agreed colours will be white, blue and gold. The uniforms will be comprised of blue pants for the girls as well as the boys along with a white dress shirt or golf shirt with the gold crescent. The girls will also have the option to purchase a quilt.
As for the sports teams, which will be named the Golden Gators, the mascot was selected in late June by the schoolÂ?s athletic council.
Phase one of the school boardÂ?s plan is already complete with renovations of its one-year temporary site at the River Road Campus (formerly known as the St. KevinÂ?s school) in Val Caron. Registrations to date for September 2002 are over 60 for Grade 9 students with more students continuing to sign up with each passing week.
The school will be open to the students throughout the summer for registration and tours.
The second phase of the plan is to transform the former St. AnneÂ?s school into a technologically advanced, state-of-the-art secondary school in Valley East by the fall of 2003.
The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has also selected Guy Mathieu to be the principal of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School.
Born and raised in Valley East, Mathieu has strong ties to the community and to his home parish St-Jacques in Hanmer. He also possesses an extensive educational background in both secondary and elementary school education.
Â?We will have local teachers who are already involved and teaching within the catholic school board who will transfer to our school,Â? said Mathieu.
There will be five full-time teachers and one contracted teachers for the instrumental program.
According to Mathieu, residents were very supportive of the idea to bring in a new English catholic school to the area.
Â?Eighty per cent of people who were surveyed agreed and were quit happy to have an English catholic school in the area,Â? said Mathieu.
Â?The creation of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School in Valley East is an idea whose time has finally come.Â?
According to Mr. Jody Cameron, chair of the Sudbury Catholic board, the board has never wavered from its commitment to provide quality, Catholic education for students in Valley East and Capreol.
Robert Boucher, director of education, further adds Â?after months of preparation, we are now ready to move forward with our plan to offer equal educational opportunities to our Catholic secondary students in Valley East.
The school will grow one classroom at a time. There will only be Grade 9 students this coming fall. However, every following year, the school board will add an additional grade.
When the school is fully established, they can expect 500 to 700 students enrolled, he said.
To enroll you can contact the school at 897-5722 or drop by the campus located at 3075 River Rd ValCaron.