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Yar­mouth school to be built on Pa­rade Street

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When will con­struc­tion of a new el­e­men­tary school in Yar­mouth start?

The ten­der for the con­struc­tion of a new el­e­men­tary school in Yar­mouth has closed and last week the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter said he was ex­pect­ing the ten­der to be awarded this week or next week.

“The work will be­gin im­me­di­ately there­after,” said Zach Churchill, the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment.

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal was do­ing a fi­nal re­view of the ten­der sub­mis­sions.

It’s been a year since the for­mer Yar­mouth Ju­nior High School was de­mol­ished at the Pa­rade Street site where the new el­e­men­tary school will be built.

Stu­dents at­tend­ing Yar­mouth Cen­tral School will at­tend the new el­e­men­tary school. This in­cludes stu­dents from the for­mer South Cen­ten­nial School, which closed in June 2016.

When the Tri-County Re­gional School Board made its de­ci­sion to close South Cen­ten­nial at the end of that school year and merge the South Cen­ten­nial and Cen­tral stu­dent pop­u­la­tions into one, it had said then the time­line from the prov­ince was a Septem­ber 2018 open­ing of the new el­e­men­tary school.

The prov­ince didn’t spec­ify last week where the time­line stands now.

“Dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing the planned open­ing are on­go­ing,” Churchill said. “We’ll con­tinue to re­view the project to de­ter­mine if there may be any changes that could af­fect the con­struc­tion sched­ule.”

Churchill said he’s pleased to see the new el­e­men­tary school mov­ing for­ward.

“We’re al­ways pleased when we have the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in our youth,” he said. “This high­qual­ity, safe and mod­ern school will be an as­set to the com­mu­nity as it helps to en­able stu­dent learn­ing and growth.”

The de­sign of the new school is fo­cused around flex­i­bil­ity, di­ver­sity and ac­tive learn­ing, Churchill said. In ad­di­tion to in­cor­po­rat­ing the ex­ist­ing gym­na­sium from the for­mer ju­nior high school, the el­e­men­tary school’s open con­cept de­sign will fea­ture col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing ar­eas, an in­te­grated arts and sci­ences stu­dio, as well as an Early Years Centre, which in­cludes pre-pri­mary.

Once com­plete the school will ac­com­mo­date ap­prox­i­mately 300 stu­dents.

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