7:30 a.m., March 6)
wait is over; Avalon finally getting second public board
By Fred Sherwin
Ontario Ministry of Education released its list of new
school funding on Thursday and near the top of the list
is a new elementary school in Avalon.
kindergaten to Grade 8 school will be located on Portobello
Blvd. just south of Brian Coburn Way. Exoectations are
that it will be ready in time for the start of the 2015-2016
parents of students currently attending Avalon Public
School, construction couldn't start soon enough. The school
is literally bursting at the seams with over 732 students.
What used to be their playground is covered with 12 portables.
By next year, with the addition of full-day kindergarten,
the school will need 15 portables to handle the over-crowding.
unbelievable," said Ottawa District School Board
trustee John Shea after hearing the news. "This will
take a huge weight off the shoulders of the parent council
and people in the Avalon community in general."
MPP Phil McNeely has been pushing for a second public
board elementary school in the area since 2011.
project hit a potential road block in the fall when the
school board voted to move it from the top ot their capital
spending priority list and moved it all the way down to
number seven. In making its decision on which projects
would receive funding and which would not, the Ministry
approved the new school, depsite its position on the list,
as well as top two projects -- a new elementary school
in Kanata and a retrofit for Broadview Public School.
Ministry made the right decision," says McNeely.
."There were too many portables to provide an adequate
learning space for our students, I know the parents and
the community will be even more ecstatic than I am. They,
along with John Shea, deserve credit for their ongoing
advocacy for the project."
Public School opened in 2008. Within two years it was
already operating at capacity. By 2010 portables had to
be brought in to handle overcrowding.
that Avalon will soon be getting a new public board elementary
school. public pressure will shift to the need for a new
Catholic board school in the community. St. Teresa is
operating at 140 per cent capacity with nine portables
and a new school was at the top of the Catholic board's
wish list submitted to the Ministry in December.
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