Ten­der is­sued for Bay Roberts school

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The long-awaited re­place­ment of Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary moved a step closer to re­al­ity af­ter the prov­ince is­sued a con­struc­tion ten­der for a new school in Bay Roberts.

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has is­sued a pub­lic ten­der call to build a school to re­place Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued Fri­day, Nov. 9, con­struc­tion should be­gin in 2019, with a com­ple­tion date in early 2021.

The new school, which will be lo­cated be­hind Amal­ga­mated Academy on Eric Dawe Drive, will serve stu­dents in grades K-3. The sin­gle-story struc­ture will be 4,100 square me­tres and fea­ture 18 class­rooms, a gym­na­sium, mu­sic room, cafe­te­ria and other ameni­ties.

Har­bour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Par­sons said in the same re­lease she was over­joyed by the news, adding she ex­pects the new school will have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the com­mu­nity.

“I’m com­mit­ted, and our govern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing in­fra­struc­ture, which in­cludes the new­est fea­tures, for the bet­ter­ment of our chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion to­day and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

Res­i­dents of Bay Roberts have been ad­vo­cat­ing for years to get a new school to re­place Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary. That build­ing is now 66 years old, and the lo­cal school coun­cil has com­plained in the past about over-pop­u­lated class­rooms and a lack of air ven­ti­la­tion, win­dows and proper cafe­te­ria for the ag­ing build­ing.

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The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has is­sued a new ten­der to con­struct a school to re­place Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary in Bay Roberts.

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