Fonds 233 Savanna School District 5209 fonds

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Savanna School District 5209 fonds
Reference code: 0233
Date: 1965-1997 (date of creation)
Physical description: 50.5 cm of textual records
Language: English
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed by Mary Nutting
Exported from AoR and added to new database May 2022 – TD
Note: A complete history of the school, year by year, with teachers and trustees names is contained in Tales, Trails and Gumbo pp. 74-82.

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

The centralized Savanna School was built in 1965 at a cost of $97,944. The land used was purchased from Bryson Burrows. 86 students from Silver Valley and Fourth Creek filled the four classrooms. Rene Joly was the first principal with M. Torgerson , and P. Halikowski, teachers. Leona Richie supervised high school correspondence. By 1966, five classrooms were operating and the Fourth Creek School was moved to the Savanna site to add classroom space. In 1967, an outdoor rink was built, and the Fourth Creek School barn was brought in to be a teacherage. In 1968-69, enrolment reached 160. In 1972, Cotillion students began being bussed to Savanna. In 1974 four classrooms, a lab, a cafeteria, a library, offices and several smaller rooms including shower rooms were added. There were 12 teaching staff. In the 1970s the Savanna School students were a force to be reckoned with in track and field meets. In 1990, Blueberry Creek School closed and some of its students were bussed to Savanna. There were still 10 classes recorded in 1996-97.

Custodial history

The records were preserved and given to the Spirit River School Division No. 47 sometime after it was formed in 1940. Peace Wapiti School Division assumed responsibility for this division in 1994 and the records were deposited in the Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2003.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of Daily Registers from 1965-1997.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on contents of the fonds.

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on access.


No accruals are expected.

Access points

  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Education (subject)