The 2014 provincial budget held good news for the Town of Bay Roberts.
During today’s (March 27) budget presentation, Minister of Finance Charlene Johnson announced funding for the construction of a new school on Coley’s Point.
The new facility would replace Coley’s Point Primary currently in use.
The announcement was a part of some $128 million allocated for educational infrastructure in the province.
The new Coley’s Point school was bundled in with $9.7 million set aside for, amongst other things, extensions to St. Peter’s Junior High in Mount Pearl, Elizabeth Park Elementary in Paradise, as well as the partial reconstruction of Gander Academy and other projects.
“We are enormously excited,” said Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood of the announcement. Alleviating pressure
For the town, the announcement is a longtime coming. Officials in the community have not kept it their wishes a secret to have the more than 60-year-old facility replaced with a state-of-the-art school. “It’s served its goal, but now, to meet the needs of today’s students you need to upgrade, you need to change and to modify,” said Wood.
For the past several years, enrollment at Coley’s Point Primary has hovered around 350 students. This has made for cramped classrooms and the constant need to be creative with space.
There have been times when the staff room and the lunchroom have been turned into classrooms to accommodate students.
“It’s long overdue,” stated Wood.
With funding for the construction of the new school announced, the next step will be site selection and land acquisition.
“Let’s make it become a reality as quickly as possible,” said Wood.
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