Fonds 0063 - Grande Prairie School Division No. 14 fonds

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Grande Prairie School Division No. 14 fonds

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CA GPR 0063

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  • 1921-1981 (Creation)
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    Grande Prairie School Division No. 14

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436.5 cm of textual records
178 photographs
76 blueprints

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(1937-unknown)

Administrative history

Grande Prairie School Division No. 14 was created through an Order in Council of the Provincial Government on October 16, 1937. The school division represented the provincial Department of Education through the school inspectors, who had formerly been in charge of overseeing the teachers and school district boards. Individual school district boards were replaced by trustees who carried on the day-to-day operation of the school. At the first meeting on January 4, 1938, board members of the new school division were served with a statement of claim seeking to prevent them from doing board business. The resulting meeting lasted two days, during which the injunction was defeated, a secretary-treasurer hired, offices set up in the Court House, and decisions made on consistent contracts for cleaning, heating and supplying the country schools with water. School Division 14 was the school authority until January 1951, when the County of Grande Prairie was formed and assumed administration of the schools within the County.

Custodial history

Records were passed on to the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, who deposited them on loan in the Provincial Archives in 1970, 1991, and 1995. The records were transferred to the Grande Prairie Regional Archival by permanent donation in 2000. An accrual consisting of the minutes of the Divisional Board (1943-44) was transferred by the County of Grande Prairie in 2013.

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The fonds consists of the minutes and accounts of the Grande Prairie School Division No. 14 from its inception in 1938 until its integration into the County; policy statements and attendance policies; financial statements; and correspondence between the School Division and teachers, trustees and the Department of education. It includes reports and correspondence of the school inspectors prior to the creation of the division. Common documentation in these files include letters regarding formation of school districts; land documents for the school site; letters and petitions from concerned parents regarding location, provision or instruction; census lists and class reports; applications and letters from teachers; Department of Education Inspector’s reports; orders for supplies and books; blueprints of schools, teacherages and barns; and building inspection reports. An unidentified barn blueprint and cost sheet is labeled general School Division Records (063.02). Also included in many of the files are photographs of the school buildings taken in the mid 1950s during the time of consolidation, when many of the buildings were being sold or left vacant. These are record shots, and the quality of the photographs is not consistent. As each school was sold, letters regarding the sale of the property were added to the file. Files of correspondence are for the following schools in the County of Grande Prairie: Aldergrove, Annellen, Appleton, Ashdown, Aspen Dale, Aspen Ridge, Bad Heart, Baldur, Beaverbrook, Beaverlodge, Beaverlodge Separate School, Bezanson, Big Horn, Blooming Valley, Bridge Creek, Buffalo Lake, Crystal Creek, Currie, East Kleskun, Elmworth, Equity, Fitzsimmons, Five Mile Creek, Flying Shot Lake, Gimle, Glass Lake, Goodfare, Grande Prairie Association for Retarded Children, Grande Prairie, Grovedale, Halcourt, Harry Balfour, Haven, Hayfield, Hermit Lake, Hythe, Independent Valley, Itipaw, Kemble, Kleskun Hill, Kleskun Lake, Lower Beaverlodge, Luckey Tree, Klondyke, LaGlace, Lambert, Lindsay, Many Springs, McHenry, Meadowville, Millarston, Molde, Morningview, Mountain Side, Mountain Trail, Mount Saskatoon, North Beaverlodge, North Equity, North Kleskun, North Sexsmith, Odin, Old Post, Pendleton, Percy, Pipestone Creek, Preston Lake, Ravenswood, Ray Lake, Rio Grande, Riversvale, Rivertop, Royal Banner, Saskatoon Lake, St. John’s Lutheran, Sexsmith, Sexsmith Separate, Sinclair Lake, Somme, South Bad Heart, South Wapiti, Southwell, Steeprock, Sylvester, Teepee Creek, Torun, Tranquility, Twilight, Two Rivers, Valhalla, Wapiti, Webster Trail, Wellington, Wembley, West End and West Hythe.

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The records were transferred to the Grande Prairie Regional Archival by permanent donation in 2000. An accrual consisting of the minutes of the Divisional Board (1943-44) was transferred by the County of Grande Prairie in 2013.

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Related Records: fonds 065-104, records of individual school boards collected by Grande Prairie School Division No. 14; fonds 059, Phyllis Stewart Collection; Financial Management sous-fonds of the County of Grande Prairie.

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Accession number: 2000.39

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0063

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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