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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lafortune School No. 1304 / La Verendrye School (Woodridge, RM of Piney)

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The Lafortune School District was established in August 1904 and a one-storey wood frame schoolhouse operated in Woodridge in what would later become the Rural Municipality of Piney. In 1968, all of the local rural schools were consolidated to form LaVerendrye School, in a new building, as part of the Seine River School Division. It operated until closing in 1992. The former school building was then converted into a community centre.

Principals

Period

Principal

1968-1969

Ed Bourrier

1969-1970

Pierre Laurencelle

1970-1972

Sister Celine Vermette

1972-1975

Rino Oullet

1975-1977

Ronald Edward Turner (1928-2019)

1977-1984

Ronald Buzahora

1984-1986

Armelle Degagne

1986-1988

David Pearson

1988-1991

Ina Thomson-Ruttle

1991-1992

Penny Hovorka-Alcock

Teachers

No information.

Photos & Coordinates

Lafortune School

Lafortune School (no date) by Clarence Moore
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 95.

The former La Verendrye School, now a community centre

The former La Verendrye School, now a community centre (June 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.28430, W96.14667
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: La Verendrye School (290 Lilac Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: North Ward School Monument / La Verendrye School (500 Seventh Street NW, Portage la Prairie)

Sources:

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

We thank Doris Hovorka (Sprague and District Historical Museum) and Rose Kuzina for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2021

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