Students and teachers are stocking up with pens, pencils, and paper as the new school year approaches.

Drumheller Valley Secondary School is currently in the process of preparing schedules and coping with the fact that the school year is once again starting up.

Principal Curtis LaPierre explained some of the school's new staffing changes.

"Lots of new staff this year, we now have a second associate principal, which is probably the biggest deal. Mr. (Brad) Teske is still here and I'm still here as principal, and the new associate principal, Dana Yemen, who has come to us from Three Hills School."

Yemen was hired because of the influx of students enrolled as the student population continues to rise every year.

"I have got a couple of teachers coming in from Ontario, one of whom has just finished instructing math in Australia, and another young lady who is also coming to us from Ontario but after a year of teaching in Fernie. She is going to be taking the senior high English position and she speaks English, French and Arabic," continued LaPierre.

The school will also be running the Health Care Aid Program once again and has 13 students already enrolled.

The program is able to cover tuition for the program through a partnership between Red Deer College and Campus Alberta.

A new addition to the school will also be welcomed this year.

"We should have our digital signage going up here very soon; going up on the south end of the school," said Lapierre. "We are just waiting for finalization from ATCO Electric in terms of distance from overhead power lines and that type of thing. It will be a dual digital sign that you will see from the highway, going east or west."


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