The Compass

Tender issued for Bay Roberts school

- editor@cbncompass.ca

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