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Photos Courtesy of Roy Wilcox Elementary School.  To see more, visit their webite http://www.roywilcoxschool.com/
REPORTING · 29th June 2011
Walter McFarlane
As times change, so does the world around us. On Thursday, June 23rd, Roy Wilcox Elementary School honoured its final graduation class. The school is set to be closed for the 2011 / 2012 year.

The night before the commencement, from 5-8, Roy Wilcox Parent Advisory Committee put on a year end celebration with the RCMP, Fire Department, Riverlodge, Museum, food venders and the Ice Demons with the Coy Cup.

“It was a good year end celebration,” said Nancy Tormene, Principal of Roy Wilcox. “It was wonderful, fantastic. It was not just our school, the other schools were invited so it was a community event really. We had past students, retired teachers, past students, alumni students who used to go here.”

The school has worked with the parents and community to ensure the transition from Roy Wilcox to Nechako will go smoothly. One such issue which has been dealt with is the transportation of students.

“There are a number of spots that will be available [on busses]. The three routes haven’t been established. A little over 115 students can take the bus if they so desire. They had to put in their applications before the end of the school year. That’s been taken care of and the parents agree with that,” said School Board Chair, Barry Pankhurst.

This will change the way the bussing works, Children in Cablecar and Kitamaat Village will be picked up 10 minutes earlier in the mornings and dropped off 10 minutes later after school.

The students and parents have had tours of Nechako and the area around the school. Work has been done at the school and material has begun to move over there. Teachers and Administration have discussed and agreed upon how the new school is going to work.

Parking for parents is permitted at Nechako Centre next to the skate park, they do not want students in the Nightingale Street area. A crossing guard will be established at Gerfalcon and Kingfisher directing students under the underpass. Parents are encouraged to keep an eye on that area.

“Despite Roy Wilcox closing, both groups have been working very hard to establish. They have had a number of activities for students from both schools,” said Pankhurst. “We’ll see what happens and take it from there.”

Pankhurst expressed the last day of school was very emotional for the teachers and students and had a difficult time saying the work done was good because the good work accompanied a school closure.

“Everyone has been working positive. All the parents, the parent groups and the staff, they have been trying to work very positive towards it, make it a smooth transition towards it and make it good for everybody.

The School District will save about $150,000 in the school closure which will be reinvested in the School District. They have not had discussions as to what will happen to the building afterwards as it is difficult to pinpoint just what is going on in the community with the number of mayoral announcements.

“We’re waiting to see what happens there and take it from there but we still have 150 spots in Nechako alone to fill that school completely up,” said Pankhurst. “There is no discussion formally with anything to do with [the Roy Wilcox] building.”

A photo slideshow of the history of Roy Wilcox can be found on Youtube
Photos Courtesy of Roy Wilcox Elementary School.  To see more, visit their webite http://www.roywilcoxschool.com/
Photos Courtesy of Roy Wilcox Elementary School. To see more, visit their webite http://www.roywilcoxschool.com/
Photos Courtesy of Roy Wilcox Elementary School.  To see more, visit their webite http://www.roywilcoxschool.com/
Photos Courtesy of Roy Wilcox Elementary School. To see more, visit their webite http://www.roywilcoxschool.com/
Photos Courtesy of Roy Wilcox Elementary School.  To see more, visit their webite http://www.roywilcoxschool.com/
Photos Courtesy of Roy Wilcox Elementary School. To see more, visit their webite http://www.roywilcoxschool.com/