News Release: FMPSD Celebrates École McTavish High School Expansion

L-R: Councillor Tyran Ault, Minister of Education, David Eggen, Angela Adams, FMPSD Trustee, MLA Tany Yao, and Scott Barr, Principal, Ecole McTavish at the sod turning ceremony

(FORT MCMURRAY, AB - May 29, 2017) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) celebrated École McTavish High School expansion project with a sod turning ceremony. The event was held on May 26, 2017 at the school, and saw Minister of Education, the Honourable David Eggen, MLA Tany Yao, and Councillor Tyran Ault in attendance along with FMPSD trustees and senior leaders.

“This day means a great deal. I was here at the beginning of the school year, and now to see so much happening is great,” noted Minister Eggen.

“Congratulations to Fort McMurray Public School District. Building a new wing of the school feels like a sign of hope and optimism not just for École McTavish, but for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. I have strong feelings for the city, and love coming here and meeting with the youth,” Minister Eggen added.

Construction is estimated to last 19 months on the approximately $30M project. The new wing will see about 700 new students bringing the school’s population to over 1600 grade 7-12 students. The project will feature four new high school science labs and 16 new classrooms in a two-storey classroom wing. Cutting edge technology will be in place to embrace 21st century learning with a dynamic Career and Technology section. This will include classrooms for woodworking, welding, cosmetology, small engines, Robotics, video and animation to name a few.


                                                                                                                         Artistic rendering of the completed wing 

Angela Adams, FMPSD Trustee, brought greetings on behalf of the Board. She noted, “today marks the beginning of a new chapter for École McTavish and Fort McMurray Public School District.”

“Huge thanks to Alberta Education, and Minister Eggen for supporting the project. We know our community is looking forward to having a grade 7-12 school in Timberlea. École McTavish already has a reputation for a dynamic learning environment with quality programs and excellent results.”

Scott Barr, Principal, École McTavish opened the junior high school in 2011. He appreciated the support for the project.

“Our students are the reason for our growth. We are here for them. Thank you everyone for being here today, and for seeing this project come to fruition,” Barr said.

The east wings of the existing school will continue to hold the junior high students, and the west addition will house the new high school students. All shared spaces will be in the centre of the finished school. In an effort to reduce the carbon footprint, the new high school wing will also have solar panels, which is in direct alignment with Fort McMurray Public School District’s green focus. 


For additional information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Coordinator

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833 

(C) 780-880-7666 / (W) 780-788-8009