The carefree days of summer are rapidly coming to a close for students across Moose Jaw as the first day of the 2023-2024 draws near. 

While students head back into classrooms on Tuesday, school administrators and teachers are back in school preparing for another school year. 

“We have two division-wide planning days scheduled, where we’ll spend the day with the teaching staff going over the provincial education plan and talking about the priority actions of that plan and getting the teachers to dig deeply into the four action priorities,” said Ryan Boughen, Director of Education with the Prairie South School Division. 

The four pillars are: skills and knowledge for future learning, life and participation in society; mental health and well-being; connections among people and relationships between systems and structures; and, inclusive, safe and welcoming learning environments. 

Staffing levels are in a good place heading into the new school year at Prairie South School Division. 

“We’re typically where we typically are,” said Boughen, “we’re not searching for a whole bunch of teachers we can’t find.” 

Several capital projects were completed over the summer, but all eyes are focused on the new joint Prairie South School Division and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division school, which is anticipated to be completed in 2025, will accommodate 900 students and will also include a regulated child care facility with capacity for 51 children. 

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