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REPORTING · 7th September 2010
Merv Ritchie
It was another spectacular morning in Terrace as children and parents resumed the school year. A little bit cool but barely a cloud in the sky. It just made going back to school, seeing old friends and resigning to the fact summer is over, a whole lot happier. One just cannot be grumpy when faced with such a great day.

The news on the School front is Mountainview Elementary is enjoying the first sounds of students since the school was built 9 years ago. The students from the former campus of the French Emersion program of Ecole Kiti K’Shan will now occupy this space. The ET Kenney Building is now empty and the students from this campus will all crowd into the Clarence Michiel building next door. Portables have been brought in from Kitimat to use for extra space and programs where needed.

These changes are the first of many. By 2012 the School Board has planned to close more buildings and adjust the grade levels taught in various schools. The board served notice last spring to move Grade 7 out of Cassie Hall Elementary School, Suwilaawks Community School, Uplands Elementary School, Ecole Mountainview and Thornhill Elementary School and into Skeena Jr. Secondary School. Skeena Jr. Secondary School was served notice to have their Grade 10 class moved to Caledonia Senior Secondary School. The Board also moved the closure of Thornhill Junior Secondary School be delayed to July of 2012.

For now however it is another beautiful day Terrace. Be careful when driving as some of the children are running around with careless abandon. Drivers might also be careless as they enjoy their new found freedom (kids in school) and get lost smiling in the sunshine.
Dag Livgard with son Sean & Councillor Bruce Martindale with son J.D. waiting outside the doors of Mountainview.  Martindale said their was no playground equipment yet for kids to occupy themselves
Dag Livgard with son Sean & Councillor Bruce Martindale with son J.D. waiting outside the doors of Mountainview. Martindale said their was no playground equipment yet for kids to occupy themselves
Skeena Junior Secondary had hundreds of teenagers waiting at the front doors to get into their school
Skeena Junior Secondary had hundreds of teenagers waiting at the front doors to get into their school
Mountainview Elementary finally sees life as it opens it's doors to students, teachers and staff.
Mountainview Elementary finally sees life as it opens it's doors to students, teachers and staff.
ET Kenney's doors remain closed and the hallways and classrooms are silent
ET Kenney's doors remain closed and the hallways and classrooms are silent