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Pouce Coupe Elementary not getting provincial money for expansion; portable on the way?

School District 59 will not be getting funding from the Ministry of Education for a one classroom expansion at Pouce Coupe Elementary. While the District received $2.
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School District 59 will not be getting funding from the Ministry of Education for a one classroom expansion at Pouce Coupe Elementary.

While the District received $2.1 million for school upgrades and buses, a submission request for a $550,000 one classroom expansion, of which the District would have covered half, was not successful.

At February’s school board meeting, trustees debated different options if they didn’t receive funding.

Funding the one classroom expansion by themselves, or permanent two classroom/office space and washroom addition for $1.2 to 1.5 million in the same manner were listed as options, as were building a new library and converting the current one into classroom space, and simply bussing students to Dawson. (No trustees indicated support for the latter option at the February meeting).

Ideas gaining the most traction, however, revolved around portables — either a new one, or moving one of the two the District already has to Pouce.

A new one would cost $150,000, while it would take $55,000 to move one.

One upside to a portable is that it could be in for the 2019/20 school, whereas the school expansion would have been looking towards September 2020.

The topic is due for discussion at Wednesday’s board meeting in Chetwynd, with secretary-treasurer Melissa Panoulias making a recommendation to the board to purchase a new portable for $150,000. 

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