Saint-Lazaremoves forward with school rezoning
Having a fourth English elementary school in Saint-Lazare is looking more and more certain as the town’s municipal council moved ahead with the process of rezoning land this week.
Saint-Lazare councillors met last week to adopt a second reading of a land rezoning resolution.
A notice allowing residents to respond will now be made public.
Under such a notice, residents in areas of town affected by the rezoning can call for a referendum or a vote on the issue.
If that does not happen, the town expects to be able to offer at least four parcels of land to the Lester B. Pearson School Board in the next few weeks, noted Mayor Pierre Kary.
One glitch that could slow things down however is a demand by some citizens asking that the English school board guarantee it will only send Saint-Lazare students to Saint-Lazare schools.
The board has indicated that as many as 80-percent of students in Saint-Lazare’s three English elementary schools, that include Evergreen and Forest Hill Junior and Senior, actually live in Saint-Lazare.
But the board says it can not guarantee all students attending one of its buildings in the town will exclusively live in SaintLazare.
And such a distinction may not sit well with parents from overcrowded schools such as Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Vaudreuil-Dorion, which is counting on the new school to help its ease overcrowding that has lasted for the past several years.
In a stopgap measure, PETES will send as many as 120 grades 5 and 6 students to Westwood Jr. High School in Saint-Lazare next year whilewaiting for relief in the form of the new school.
The school board has been sitting on $8.4million to build a 400-plus pupil place English elementary school in the region.
Finding suitable land that must be given to the board has held up the process for the past 18months.
The board needs a 25,000 square-meter site in order to build what it says will be the most environmentally advanced building in Canada.