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Pincourt

St. Patrick’s to nearly double its capacity

  • St. Patrick's school will undergo a $6.46 million expansion.
    St. Patrick's school will undergo a $6.46 million expansion.
    Photo credit: Phil Carpenter / THE GAZETTE

In a little over a year, Pincourt’s St. Patrick Elementary School will become the third largest in the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

The Quebec government announced Monday it will invest $6.46 million to expand the school from its current capacity of 332 students to 588 for the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

That means no more portable classrooms for the overcrowded school, and it also means fewer students will have to be bused onto the island of Montreal for elementary school.

Suanne Stein Day, the chairperson of the board said this provides some breathing room for the growing population, but the board will need a new school in Vaudreuil-Dorion, and another in Coteau du Lac in the next few years.

“This gives us another 310 pupil places, which will help relieve the congestion in the area and the forecasted growth,” Stein Day said. “We’ve seen that shift to the off-island area, and now we have to make sure there are schools for them.”

The school’s double gym will be turned into a single one, and a two-storey structure will be built partly in its place, and partly where the school’s yard currently sits. A new Kindergarten, and 12 new elementary classrooms will be added to the space. A new library, a resource room, and three multi-use areas will also be added.

Stein Day said she doesn’t believe the board will need to bus students to the island of Montreal with this expansion. Many off-island students are currently being bused to Christmas Park School in Beaconsfield. However, she said students may still choose to continue attending schools on the island.

She said, however, she expects the board will have to send children from Vaudreuil-Dorion to the school, since it is currently looking for land to build another elementary school in that city, and is conducting feasibility studies to accommodate crowding at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School.

The St. Patrick School expansion was one of several new investments announced by the education ministry Monday. A total of $78.5 million is going to build five schools and expand seven others in the Montérégie area. In the off-island, that means the building of a new French elementary school in Vaudreuil-Dorion, on the campus of Cité des Jeunes, as previously reported in The Off-Island Gazette, and expanding École des Orioles in St-Zotique.

jmagder@montrealgazette.com
Twitter: @OffIslandNews

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