2:30 a.m., April 12)
new Avalon school in jeopardy of being bumped down a notch
By Fred Sherwin
push for a second public board elementary school in Avalon
may have another hurdle to overcome if Ottawa Carleton
District School Board trustees bow to public pressure
and vote to rebuild Broadview Public School in Westboro
rather than repair it.
motion to rebuild Broadview and add it to the board's
capital priorities list ahead of a second school in Avalon
passed by a 7-5 margin at the OCDSB's business services
committee Wednesday night. The vote was later voided,
however, when committee members decided to end the meeting
before they had the chance to vote on the capital priorities
committe will revist both the amendment to rebuild Broadview,
and the capital priorities list at their next meeting
in May. Orléans-Cumberland trustee John Shea is hoping
one of the committee members who voted to rebuild Broadview
will have a change of heart by the next meeting and the
amendment will fail on a tie vote.
final capital priorities list has to be submitted to the
Ontario Ministry of Education by May 30.
list of the board's top 10 capital spending priorities
includes three new elementary schools in Kanata North,
Avalon and Half Moon Bay in Kanata; new school additions
for Earl of March High School in Kanata, Longfields-Davidson
Secondary School in Barrhaven and South March Public School
in Kanata; add renewal retorfits for Broadview Public
School, Muchmor Public School, Carleton Heights Public
School and Devonshire Community Public School, all in
is currently ranked ninth on the list, but the four renewal
projects are being funded through a separate funding stream,
which moves it up to fifth.
the board decides to rebuild Broadview and place it ahead
of Avalon, the proposed new school would drop to sixth.
according to information provided to the board, the ministry
has it's own set of priorities which includes schools
in growth areas and the need to fulfill its promise to
fully implement full day kindergarten by 2014-2015. The
new additions for Earl of March and Longfields-Davidson
don't have a full-day kindergarten component attached
Ministry also tends to fund projects that are shovel ready.
Rebuilding Broadview may require an Area Accommodation
Review which could take up to two years, which in theory
would play into Avalon's favour.
would also get bonus points if the board exercised it's
option to purchase the site from Minto, which would push
it past even Kanata North. which is first on the list
but a site has not yet been determined.
Elementary school currently houses nearly 700 students
and is operating at about 140 per cent capacity. With
enrollment expected to increase at a 10 per cent clip
over the next three years, the school is busting at the
are hoping a second school can be built by Sept. 2013
in order to make room for full-day kindergarten and eliminate
the need for portables.
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