CONSTRUCTION ON NEW CENTRAL PENINSULA SCHOOL TO BEGIN IN 2022
-Transformative Community School is a Game-Changer for the Neighbourhood-
December 21, 2020 – SAINT JOHN, NB — Members of the Central Peninsula Community Hub School Task Force are celebrating news from government last week that the long-awaited rationalization of Prince Charles School and Saint John the Baptist-King Edward School has been green-lighted.
“We are delighted to hear that construction will begin in 2022,” says Gary Lawson, Task Force Chairperson. “Our sincere thanks goes out to Premier Higgs, Minister Dunn, and everyone else who have helped this project along.”
Although the project wasn’t funded in this year’s capital budget, it is at the top of the list of five projects government placed in a pre-approved funding queue, designed to allow communities to start planning.
“This is excellent news for Saint John,” says Steve Carson, CEO of Develop Saint John. “This project will have a transformational impact on the community as a whole, effectively positioning Uptown as a magnet for young families, and creating more equity in the education system for children living in poverty.”
Many organizations contributed to making this happen, explains Lawson. These include: members of the Saint John Caucus, former MLA Gerry Lowe, Saint John Municipal Council, the District Education Council for ASD-S, the Parent-School Support Committees, the staff and families at Prince Charles School and Saint John the Baptist-King Edward School, Living Saint John, BCAPI, PULSE, Horizon Health, and others.
“This is just great news for our community,” says Brice Belyea, Chair of Living Saint John. “This project will allow us to build a school that is best-fit to our neighbourhoods, which means it will have an early learning centre, a community kitchen, flexible meeting spaces, green spaces, and other resources that will make it a 12-month-a-year destination for families. It is truly a game changer.”
“Members of the Task Force are looking forward to meeting with the Province first thing in the New Year to move forward with land assembly and detailed design work,” says Lawson.
“We intend to continue leading this file as we get closer to putting shovels in the ground. Minister Cardy referenced this project as a model example of community, business and government working together to accomplish something great, and we’re going to walk this road together.”
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