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Tuesday October 25th, 2016

Posted at 10:40pm

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St. Bernard Catholic Elementary School as seen on Google Streetview.

A plan to construct a new school to replace the aging St. Bernard Catholic Elementary School was approved by Catholic School Board trustees Tuesday evening.

The new JK to grade 6 school, which will be located just southwest of the current location on Meldrum Road, will accommodate 400 students, from both the existing St. Bernard site, as well as those from St. Jules Catholic Elementary School on nearby Norman Road.

“We’re absolutely delighted that this is going to begin,” said Trustee Fred Alexander, who represents the ward in which the school is located. “The students and parents of this community have been very patient, and now they are going to be rewarded with a wonderful new facility.”

Construction has been awarded to Wincon Construction Inc. at a cost of about $7.5 million.

Costs for the new school have already been funded through the Ministry of Education’s Capital Priorities Fund.

Construction is set to start within ten days, and the new school is slated to open for the 2017-18 year, and the old school will be demolished after that.

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