School District 5 celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Kootenay Learning Campus in Fernie on September 10th. The campus will serve as a learning centre for all ages, from students to community groups. The ceremony included a tour of the beautiful new facility, which was designed by Fernie Architect Catherine Chernoff, as well as refreshments.
Frank Lento, Board Chair, thanked his colleagues and cut the ribbon.
“People are not your most important asset,” he said. “The right people are your most important asset. Our district is oh so fortunate to have the right people in Alan Rice our Secretary Treasurer, and Silke Yardley our Superintendent.”
Lento said, “This is truly a great day for education in School District 5 – a landmark occasion for education, for learning pathways, and for learners of all ages in our district. This is a learning campus for anyone, and everyone to feel safe, supported, and free to be themselves. This campus will provide an educational edge for students and adult learners of all ages. This is not an office building. This is a campus for learners, with individual learning spaces, collaborative learning spaces with coworker hot-seats, with meeting and seminar rooms, with in-service training and professional development spaces and featuring a 45 seat presentation theatre.”
Secretary Treasurer Alan Rice was excited for the opening and the opportunities afforded by the new campus.
“It’s going to be a great learning centre for out district. This will mainly be continuing education and distributed leaning that we’ll have out of this location, which was previously out of our high school here and out of Cranbrook.”
Jason Tichauer, Director of Student Learning and Aboriginal Education said, “We have many spaces that are publicly accessible – design labs, meetings spaces, that people in the community can access. We are really excited.”