St. Patrick Elementary expanding
St. Patrick Elementary School in Pincourt will be enlarged and improved to the tune of $6.46 million, the education ministry and the Lester-B.-Pearson School Board announced earlier this month.
The school that was built in 19621963, currently serves 332 students even though its maximum capacity is 278 students. St. Pats, as it’s fondly known, was last expanded in 1967, when four classrooms were added to bring the total to 15 classrooms.
The expansion will include adding a 1,100-square-meter wing onto the existing 2,593 square-meter school building located along Bayview and Shamrock streets in Pincourt.
The expansion will add 13 new classrooms – 12 for elementary students and an additional kindergarten classroom. Once completed, the school will be able to serve 528 elementary students and 60 kindergarten students.
In addition, a 72 square meter resource room able to be divided into smaller spaces will be built, as will a new 122 square meter library and three multi use areas. New science rooms are also included in the plans.
And since sixty percent of St. Pats students currently use daycare services, the school is planning to be able to accommodate up to 350 daycare children if the trend continues by creating three specific daycare areas.
Though St. Pats schoolyard meets the current ministry requirements of six square-meters per student, the schoolyard will be equipped with sports structures and activities. Construction plans also call for the expansion of the bus loading zone situated along Bayview St., while staff parking will be relocated and enlarged.
The timeline for the 1,100-square meter, $6.46 million project will depend on such things as the call for tenders process, as well as obtaining architectural and engineering plans, but officials at the Lester-B.-Pearson School Board say they hope to celebrate the grand opening of the larger St. Patrick school during the 20142015 school year.