History & Archives
Although enrolments in the District as a whole had dropped somewhat during the seventies, development north of the river was remarkable. Oriole Park, G. H. Dawe, and Aspen Heights were becoming over-crowded, and the Board realized that more accommodation was essential. The success of the G. H. Dawe School, which encompassed grades one through nine, encouraged the planning of a similar school in the northern half of what had been named the Normandeau subdivision. Superintendent Bill Brownlee, when considering school sites with the Regional Planning Commission, favored fewer, but larger, school sites to provide for schools to accommodate students in grades one tonine. And so it was for Normandeau School. In order to provide the larger site, the Board traded part of a more north-westerly school reserve in Glendale for the Catholic Board’s share of the Normandeau site. Normandeau was the second school in the district, after G. H. Dawe, to incorporate a “core” school with portable, later called re-locatable, classrooms in order to provide for future enrolment fluctuations. In contrast to G. H. Dawe’s somewhat shabby portables, the Normandeau relocatables, despite some early circulation problems, were much more substantial and permanent in impression. Glenn Allen, former vice-principal at Central Elementary, was appointed Normandeau’s first principal.
The office opening was held on December 13, 1979.