Rural community near Beaumont opts to launch Catholic school district

April 28, 2014

BEAUMONT – The Chorest community near Beaumont has voted unanimously to form a new Catholic school district.

The formation of the new district will allow Catholic students in the area to attend Académie Saint-André Academy in Beaumont, and help ensure bus transportation will be available for these students.

A meeting April 14 at Eagle Rock Golf Course in Beaumont drew 74 people who all voted in favour of forming the new district.

The vote is pending ministerial review, which could take about two months.

"We're delighted with the results of last night's vote," said Dr. Troy Davies, superintendent of the St. Thomas Aquinas Regional (STAR) School Division.

"With our new school facility opening in Beaumont this coming fall, we're looking forward to starting the new year by welcoming current and new students, and providing bus service for Chorest residents," Davis said.

Provincial legislation determines the necessary procedures and methods of establishing Catholic school districts, and a formal voting process is required for a new school district to be formed.

Based in central Alberta, STAR Catholic School Division represents 10 schools that serve Beaumont, Drayton Valley, Lacombe, Leduc, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.

The STAR Catholic schools serve more than 3,300 students across the division.

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