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Major CSSVT elementary school expansions are in the works

Faced with a growing student population, the Centre de services scolaires de la Vallée-des-Tisserands (CSSVT) recently unveiled its 2022-2025 school organization plan, which includes requests for expansion projects and the construction of several new schools.

Ministry projections suggest growth in student enrollment will continue over the next decade, with over 1200 new students having been enrolled since the start of 2019 including 414 new students during the 2021-2022 school year.

According to a press release issued by the CSSVT, the school organization plan proposes strategies and solutions “that will allow the school community to benefit from the spaces necessary to accomplish its mission, in safe, creative and lively environments, while respecting the Education Ministry indicators.” Requests for expansion and construction have been submitted to the ministry to be considered in the 2023-2033 Quebec Public Infrastructure Plan.

In the Haut-Saint-Laurent region, the CSSVT is considering the addition of four modular classrooms at École Notre-Dame elementary school in Huntingdon and has requested that the school be expanded.

In Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, at least 12 modular classrooms will be added to elementary schools, including six for École Edgar-Hébert, four for École Montpetit, and two for École Saint-Eugène. The construction of a preschool and elementary school with 24 classrooms has already been approved in the Grande-Île sector, and construction requests were submitted to build two additional new schools. The expansion of Baie-Saint-François high school is underway and expected to be completed for the start of the 2023 school year.

In Beauharnois, up to ten modular classrooms could be added to elementary schools by 2025-2026. A request was also filed to build a new 24-room elementary school.

The CSSVT is monitoring the growth in the adult sector and is evaluating options including requests for expansion, rentals from community partners, and using space in other buildings to ensure the Centre de Formation Professionelle du Suroît is able to accommodate demand in the coming years. (SR)

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