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(Posted 7:30 a.m., March 6)
The wait is over; Avalon finally getting second public board elementary school

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

The 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 school year.

For 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.

"It's 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."

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely has been pushing for a second public board elementary school in the area since 2011.

The 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.

"The 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."

Avalon 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.

Now 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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