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SCDSB Announces Valley East Catholic Secondary School Name, Hires Principal

May 7, 2002 - The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the opening of its new Catholic Secondary School in Valley East as Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School. The parents and registered students of the school were involved in researching and evaluating various names in a "name the school project" to finally bring forward this recommendation. Future activities will include selecting the colours and style of the new uniforms, the school mascot and more.

Phase one of the board's plan is already underway with renovations of its one-year temporary site at the River Road Campus (formerly St. Kevin's school) in Val Caron. The registrations for September 2002 now count 57 grade nine students and are growing as more students continue to register. The second phase of the plan is to transform for September 2003, the former St. Anne's school in the tradition of Catholic education in Sudbury, into its permanent most technologically advanced state of the art secondary school in Valley East, known as Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School.

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has also selected Mr. Guy Mathieu to be the principal of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School in Valley East. Born and raised in Valley East, Mr. Mathieu has strong ties to the community and to his home parish St-Jacques in Hanmer. He also possesses an extensive educational background in both the secondary and elementary panels. With reference to the role that he will play in helping to mould the new institution, Mr. Mathieu stated that, "The creation of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School in Valley East is an idea whose time has finally come. I am very excited about being a member of the team that will assist in shaping this new faith-filled learning community. Our vision for the school is to establish a safe environment for learning that is visibly Christ centred and academically student focussed"

In establishing Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School in Valley East, the board is following through on its mandate received from 89% of the respondents of an exhaustive consultation survey of all Catholic supporters in Capreol and the Valley over the last year. According to Mr. Jody Cameron, Chairperson of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, "The Catholic Board has never wavered from its commitment to provide quality, Catholic education for the students in Valley East and Capreol." Mr. Robert Boucher, Director of Education, further adds that, "After months of preparation, we are now ready to move forward with our plan to offer equal educational opportunities to our Catholic Secondary students in Valley East. The selection of Mr. Mathieu as a qualified and dynamic individual with the experience to take on the challenges as principal of this new school was an integral part of our plan. We have every confidence in his abilities to lead this school to a great success"

With respect to future growth and expansion of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School, Mr. Boucher stated that, "The Sudbury Catholic Board has the confidence the Catholic supporters, parents and students to continue to be involved in determining and shaping the unique identity of the new Catholic Secondary School as it grows one grade at a time".



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