Things were bustling at Drumheller Valley Secondary School on Tuesday (Sep. 5) as the junior-senior high school convened for the first day of the new school year.
"Our student counts are up significantly," reported Principal Curtis Lapierre. "We closed out last year at 449 and we're breaking 500 this September. We've got more international students and more kids coming to us from all over the place."
"There's been a number of people move into the community from all areas of Canada, right from Newfoundland out to Vancouver," he elaborated. "We even had a Korean family move in that's from South Korea, but they lived the last 13 years in central Russia and the kids actually speak English, Russian and Korean."
The number of international students at DVSS this year is estimated at 74, about 64 of whom will be living in the dorm, while the other ten stay with host families.
"We've got four new teachers so far," noted Lapierre. "I have some large classes in the system that we're just going to wait this week and then I'll be making some decisions at the end of the week in regards to hiring more staff."