There's a new principal at Wheatland Crossing School west of Drumheller. Doug Raycroft, who took over the job in late October, 2017, has been confirmed as the permanent principal for 2018-19. RAYCROFT DOUG STADoug Raycroft. Photo submitted.
"It was a trough transition because it was halfway through the first semester almost and it takes a little time to get trust from all the kids and the staff," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "That's what we're working on this year, but it's exciting. We've got a brand new, beautiful building, great kids and the great support of parent council and parents."
The K-12 school opened its doors last fall after two years of construction. It takes the place of schools in Rockyford, Standard, Gleichen and Hussar. 
"There were a lot of challenges, but I'm pretty lucky because most of those challenges were worked out before I came," he recalled. "Right now, we're just trying to build a school culture and we're developing programs that are going to benefit our kids and just working on student success as much as we can."
"We want to offer programs that are specific for our rural needs: we're going to have a little bit of an agricultural background. Most of our kids are rural so we're going to have opportunities for them, " he added. "We have people that are very involved in sports, hockey and ringette, so those things are going to be developed."
Raycroft has a background in athletic development, coaching and coach mentoring. He spent the last ten years in Golden Hills School Division as an administrator.

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