There have been a number of changes at the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) this school year, ranging from the administration team to the staff to the student enrolment.
Pat Jeannot is the school's new principal, replacing Mike Little, who retired at the end of the last school year. So far, the school's building and its people have left a good first impression on Jeannot.
"The caretaking staff, over the summer, did a wonderful job," said Jeannot. "I've been in a couple larger schools over this summer, and the caretaking staff has ours looking like a bright new penny."
"That only raises the morale when students come back, and for staff as well," he added later.
Then there was a pep rally hosted by the SRC on the first day of school on September 3.
"They got all the students going in the gym … and got the school spirit going early in the year," said Jeannot.
Registration numbers are up at the school once again this year. Jeannot said they have 865 students, which is up slightly from the 861 who were at the school in early September last year.
Some of those students from last year weren't at the school at the end of the 2012-13 school year, so the 865 is significantly higher than the number they had three months ago.
"We had a few walk in last week that we weren't expecting," said Jeannot. "We were expecting fewer than that (the 865). Our numbers are looking good."
An increase in enrolments should be expected, Jeannot said, due to the growth in the region and the developments happening in the area.
Nathan Johnson has been hired as a new vice-principal for the school, replacing Walter Wood, who took a job with the South East Cornerstone Public School Division. Allison Holzer is the only holdover administrator at ECS from a year ago.
They also have several new staff members.
The school should also be a little more comfortable this year, Jeannot said, as some coils were replaced in the heating and cooling system.
The second floor washrooms overlooking the courtyard were also refurbished to make them more attractive.
Programs that have been happening in the past are returning this year, and so the curriculum is pretty close to what it was last year.
Jeannot said that ECS has a great team of teachers and excellent rapport among the students and the teachers, so he is really excited about the school year.