(Updated 3:30 a.m., Jan. 15)
misses out on new school funding
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
will come as cold comfort to parents in Avalon who have
been lobbying the province for a new elementary school
for over a year.
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.
next round of of capital funding allocations will be announced
in 2014 which means the earliest a new school could be
built is 2015.
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