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Education Briefs
More students flock to public district

Jessica Klinkenberg
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (Nov 10/06) - The Yellowknife Education District No. 1 saw enrolment increase by 80 students this year, according to a recently released report.

The biggest jump came at Sir John Franklin high school, which now has 782 students, 25 more than in 2005.

YK1 on track

Director of Corporate Services Tram Do said that YK1 is currently on track with its budget.

"We've been focused on our financial tracking system," Do said.

The school board chose MacKay LLP as their auditors for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

New executive named

Trustee Terry Brookes was named the new chair of the YK1 school board and Duff Spence was appointed vice-chair.

"It's very similar to deciding to be on the board. It's not to be taken lightly," said Brookes.

Brookes and Spence are replacing Reanna Erasmus and Dale Thomson, respectively.

School donates wheelchairs

N.J. MacPherson elementary school principal Michelle Krause challenged her students to raise money for a wheelchair fundraiser with the Rotary Club.

"We look for things that are meaningful for children," Krause said.

The school raised $2,332.83, enough to purchase approximately 18 wheelchairs, which will go to communities in Mexico and South America.

Barry Talbot, from the Rotary Club, helped organize the event.

"The gift of a wheelchair meant that his mother could wheel him to school," said Talbot, talking about one of the wheelchair recipients from last year.