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News Release: FMPSD Celebrates Composite High School’s Grand Opening Following Modernization

News Release: FMPSD Celebrates Composite High School’s Grand Opening Following Modernization

L-R: Superintendent Doug Nicholls, Mayor Don Scott, MLA Tany Yao, MP David Yurdiga, Student Council President, Hannah Duffy, Chair Linda Mywaart, Principal Dan Tulk, Former Mayor/Alum Melissa Blake & Chief Deputy Superintendent Phil Meagher at the  eventL-R: Superintendent Doug Nicholls, Mayor Don Scott, MLA Tany Yao, MP David Yurdiga, Student Council President, Hannah Duffy, Chair Linda Mywaart, Principal Dan Tulk, Former Mayor/Alum Melissa Blake & Chief Deputy Superintendent Phil Meagher at the event

(Fort McMurray, AB, October 4, 2019) Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is pleased to celebrate the grand opening of Fort McMurray Composite High School (FMCHS) today following modernization. Local dignitaries, and community leaders joined FMPSD trustees, and senior leaders at the event, which featured school tours, and a barbecue. 

Composite is the region’s oldest high school, and is home to grades 7 to 12 with 410 students, and 47 staff. Phase one of the modernization started in 2011 with the building services, and utilities updated. Phase two was awarded in 2014 and began in the 2015/16 school year. Delnor Construction was the general contractor completing the project in the fall of 2019. The total cost was $39 Million.

The 11,406 sqm., school now boasts an eye-catching exterior façade with gold trimming - black and gold are school colours. The chic new entrance and front offices flow into the new atrium with beautiful learning commons for students, a new student cafeteria, and new flooring throughout. 

Other highlights include: new roofing, new gymnasium floor, and new skylights. Additionally, students are enjoying their upgraded Careers and Technology Studies areas: woods, automotive, welding, culinary arts, and cosmetology.

“Composite’s modernization has resulted in an amazing new instructional space for students. With improved lighting to many classrooms, and gathering areas for them to study, relax or rehearse. Students today get the benefits of modern amenities, additional parking and bright gathering spaces to call their own,” noted Allan Kallal, Associate Superintendent of Business & Finance, FMPSD, who oversaw the project. 

For Dan Tulk, Composite’s Principal, the grand opening “marks the culmination of years of work and dedication, planning, and work.”

“While it’s true that a school is far more than a building, it is the kids, teachers, parents, culture, history and more, we now have a building that matches the passion and pride our staff and students have for the school.”

“FMCHS was built in 1976 and is part of the region’s history. It holds a strong place in the hearts and minds of Fort McMurray. Just as our town has grown and evolved since 1976, so has our school. We are so pleased to be in a building that represents our growth and offers the history and tradition of FMCHS in conjunction with a modern top of the line 21st educational facility,” Tulk noted. 

Hannah Duffy, Composite’s Student Council President said, “it is truly wonderful to have a building that reflects the dedication and pride, which exists among all students and teachers here. As a student who has experienced the construction first-hand for the last four years, I can say that it has been worthwhile.”

Superintendent Doug Nicholls congratulated everyone involved with the project, and thanked them for their diligence. 

“It is never easy to work through construction. And, this one took more time than anticipated. Congratulations to the students, staff, and school leadership on this beautiful building, and thank you to everyone for their diligence and patience in seeing the project through. Composite High is set for many decades of success - steeped in history, poised for the future.”

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School Division

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca

W: 780-788-8009

C: 780-880-7666