The province’s English school district is finalizing the purchase of the Conception Bay South site for a new elementary school, after the town’s council has approved the location.
C.B.S. council approved the site, at 831-835 Conception Bay South in Kelligrews, at its meeting last month. Mayor Ken McDonald said Monday that the new school — which will have 31 classrooms to accommodate 600 students — points to a need for new schools for higher grades as well.
“This will be three elementary/primary schools in close proximity,” said McDonald. “This new one, there’s St. Edward’s School, which is just out Long Shore Road, across from it, and there’s also Upper Gullies Elementary in Upper Gullies, which is not very far away. So all these schools feed into Frank Roberts Junior High, and that’s not a real big school in itself, either, so I would think the next step for government would be a new junior high school in the area.”
A spokeswoman for the provincial Department of Education said the district is finalizing the purchase of the site.
“A site work tender, which will include concrete footings and foundations, is expected to be issued this summer. Detailed design work is in progress. Once the design is finalized, and site work is completed, a second tender will be issued for construction of the building,” wrote Heather May, the department’s director of communications.