October 31, 2019
Dear St. Mary’s Parents/Guardians,
We want to reassure you that the decision to decrease staffing was a difficult one and that St. Mary's Elementary School and the Fort Vermilion School Division spent considerable effort and time to recruit a grade 4 teacher before making it. Efforts included contacting Universities in various areas of the country, using Education Canada to advertise nationwide and asking our teachers to reach out to friends and family in our attempts to hire. While there are budget implications with this decision, the shortage of certified teachers was the driving factor when we were considering all options. This shortage is impacting several communities in our area as well as larger northern communities like Grande Prairie.
St. Mary's Elementary School