Highlands School principal Brad Burns has managed to virtually cut out school fees at his junior high. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. He visits grocery stores and bakeries around the city on Tuesday nights to collect day-old bread and produce for the school’s breakfast and lunch programs, which serve more than 60 per cent of the school’s 198 students.

Highlands School principal Brad Burns, along with local artist, William Johnson, sculpted an impressive work of winter art this February. Many schools charge $75 for textbook rentals, with the money going to cover the books, licensing fees and computer programs. Brad has 1 job listed on their profile. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. In a province where parents paid $250 million in school fees this fall, Brad Burns has achieved a small coup: almost no fees for students at Highlands School for the past two years. But it was never destroyed.". By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Final exam. Kids and parents weave through to chat with "Mr. Burns," serious or otherwise, or just to peek at Gordon the tortoise, whose terrarium is built inside the wall. The 1914 school, once on the verge of closing, is now getting an addition, increasing its capacity to 700 students from kindergarten to Grade 9.

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"Surrounding staff and students with beautiful things to remind them of their beauty," Mabey said. One day he forgot and students rushed to the office wondering why. Some programs and offerings cost a lot of money and it will often fall outside the realm of what a school can pay for, to offer that level of programming,” he said.
Mark. "Students just walk in. In a province where parents paid $250-million in school fees this fall, Brad Burns has achieved a small coup: almost no fees for students at Highlands School for the past two years. And he said, 'Well, then let it be destroyed.' We're going to love them to death,'" Mabey said. Instead of pressuring some students to pay up for an art class or a graduation ceremony, Burns has tried his best to eliminate the payments for everyone.
He put up expensive art in the hallways, despite warnings from teachers who had been there in the tough years.

© 2020 Edmonton Journal, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. While the program is now funded, the early days were fuelled by whatever Burns could forage. "He spent his nights going out and getting from different bakeries and different food establishments food to feed them," Mabey said. Perhaps the most important reason for the turnaround is what his staff call a tenet central to his philosophy as an educator and a person.

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"And I guess he'll probably live here forever.". From that philosophy come the stories about Burns at Highlands that still live there today. "Everyone would tell Brad, 'Oh you can't do that,' or 'If you put up that print — it's too expensive — it'll get destroyed.' Potter-MacSwain said eliminating many school fees is a “great reduction in stress,” for both wealthy families and those that are financially struggling. It looks more like a cottage from a fairy tale than a principal's office.

We're going to love them to death,'" Mabey said. Students would rake front yards in the neighbourhood after the old elm trees dropped their leaves.

"He had to show great grace and great love to the hardest kids that were there," said Stacey Mabey, assistant principal.

From that philosophy come the stories about Burns at Highlands that still live there today. “We’re fundraising for supplemental experiences, we’re not providing the basics … there’s no lack there, the kids are having great experiences, they’re doing a lot of things, and they have access to technology and things are up to date.”.

The department of education this week released data showing that parents across Alberta typically pay hundreds of dollars for everything from lunchtime supervision to textbook rentals to field trips. His efforts at one school have resulted in a significant turnaround. These Americans did. He couldn't exude false," Mabey said. "The majority of the students attending Highlands were coming out of areas that had a lower mean-income. It's now the most active part of Victoria School of the Arts. Highlands was a rough school, with about 90 students enrolled and on the brink of closing when Burns arrived as principal in 2013, according to current staff.

It becomes much more spontaneous, 'Oh yeah, I want to talk to you about' or 'I was thinking' or 'I had an idea,'" says Burns, dressed in an ascot and tweed waistcoat. Arts Core, a program that helps students to learn traditional subjects through the arts, was introduced at the school.


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