Student trustee sworn in

FORT FRANCES—Fort Frances High School student Jenna Nowak was welcomed as a new member of the Rainy River District School Board on Tuesday night when she was sworn in as student trustee.
“It’s continuously gratifying to me, and I’m sure to everyone else here, that we continue to attract such bright young minds as your own,” chairman Ron McAlister told Nowak during the board’s first regular meeting of the 2006/07 school year.
“I sincerely believe you’ll find the process broadening and fulfilling. Welcome aboard,” he added.
“I’m very grateful to be here and I look forward to working with you,” Nowak said.
The Grade 12 student was approached by FFHS principal Gord McCabe to fill the position, and she said she would make a point of thanking him for the opportunity.
“I like to talk about my opinions. I like to put my views out there. I’m not shy,” she laughed.
Nowak replaces former student trustee Jay Neilson, who graduated from Rainy River High School in June.
Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board heard a presentation from Raymond Roy, the board’s superintendent of plant and operations, on upgrades and repairs made to schools over the summer.
Fort High had a new sign erected by the McIrvine Road entrance, in partnership with Confederation College.
The school also had two entrance doors replaced with energy-efficient ones, and a new storage room was constructed.
Air conditioning was added to the science labs and the large gym floor was refinished.
Robert Moore School also had a new storage room constructed and one boys’ washroom was upgraded. Several classrooms, including the computer lab and the library, were painted.
F.H. Huffman School’s Technology Enabled Classroom was updated with new lighting, ceiling, doors, and white/corkboards.
The roof was repaired, a security window was installed in the front office, and washroom partitions were replaced.
Various other repairs were done to the board’s other schools across the district, including painting, placing sand at playgrounds, and inspecting all fire alarms, extinguishers, and sprinkler systems.
Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board:
•approved a new transportation policy;
•congratulated staff and students at Atikokan High School for its “Lighthouse Project” in the board’s monthly “Recognition of Excellence”; and,
•heard a presentation on professional learning communities and how they are benefiting teachers and students.
The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Rainy River High School.
(Fort Frances Times)