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Avalon misses out on new school funding
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Public school board supporters in Avalon will have to wait a little longer to get a second elementary school in their community after failing to make the list of projects receiving provincial funding for 2014.

The Ministry of Education released its capital grant allocations on Monday including $47.9 in funding for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. The money will be used to build a new school in Kanata North and permanent additions to Muchmor Public School downtown, South March Public School and Earl of March Secondary School in Kanata, and Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in Barrhaven.

The five projects were listed as the top five capital funding priorities submitted to the Ministry last spring. A second elementary school in Avalon was ranked sixth on the list. It will now move to the top of the list for the next round of funding allocations.

That will come as cold comfort to parents in Avalon who have been lobbying the province for a new elementary school for over a year.

Avalon Elementary school currently houses more than 700 students and is operating at about 140 per cent capacity. If enrollment continues to grow at its current pace, the school will be hard-pressed to offer full-day kindergarten in the fall of 2014, which is when the school is scheduled to implement the provincially mandated program.

The next round of of capital funding allocations will be announced in 2014 which means the earliest a new school could be built is 2015.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)



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