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CSCNO hopes to build new Valley-area elementary school

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jun 23, 2014 - 3:06 PM |
École St. Joseph in Hanmer may soon be consolidated along with some of its neighbouring CSCNO schools at a brand-new facility. Supplied photo.

École St. Joseph in Hanmer may soon be consolidated along with some of its neighbouring CSCNO schools at a brand-new facility. Supplied photo.

Hanmer, Val Thérèse schools starting to show their age

The local French Catholic school board is looking to close some of its schools in the Valley area and build a new one in their place.

After receiving input from parents earlier this year as part of a school review process, Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) has narrowed its options from 11 down to two.

These options were presented to parents at a meeting last week.

One of these options is to combine École Ste-Thérèse, a Grade 4-8 school located in Val Thérèse, and École St. Joseph, a junior kindergarten to Grade 3 school also located in Val Thérèse, into a new school serving 350 students.


The other option being considered is to combine Ste-Thérèse, St. Joseph and École Notre-Dame — a junior kindergarten to Grade 8 school located in Hanmer — into a 600-student school.

Because there isn't enough room to build a new school on two of the schools' sites, and it would be tight on the third, the board has come up with 11 potential sites in the area to build the new school.

CSCNO chair Andre Bidal explains all three schools are around 50 years old, and are starting to show their age. Board estimates show the building will need a collective $25 million in repairs over the next 25 years.

“If you look at the cost of repair on these schools, if you project it over 25 years, the cost of repair ... will come up to about the same of building a new one,” he said. “Definitely it will be worth it.”

Parents have until Aug. 18 to comment on the plans on the CSCNO's website, www.nouvelon.ca. Trustees will make a decision on the matter at their Sept. 29 meeting.
Heidi Ulrichsen

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