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Second public consultation over space constraints: NFSB

Faced with potential overcrowding at the four Chateauguay elementary schools (Centennial Park, Harmony, Mary Gardner, and St. Willibrord), as well as at Gault Institute in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) in Ormstown, the New Frontiers School Board (NFSB) has launched a second round of public consultations on possible solutions.

In accordance with Policy FCB, “Major School or Centre Change,” which was enacted by the council of commissioners last January, two possible scenarios were developed from feedback received during the first consultation. They are now being put forward for consideration.

Scenario one revolves around expansion. The NFSB is proposing to expand at Gault Institute by adding a second floor to the section of the school that can accommodate this change, to expand one of the four Chateauguay elementary schools, and to expand at CVCEC by building a facility to accommodate the programs needs on the current property.

Scenario two continues to favour expansion projects at both Gault Institute and the CVCEC, while proposing that a new elementary school be built to help alleviate overcrowding in the Chateauguay area.
“The two scenarios that percolated out from the consultation are the most logical at this point,” says council of commissioners chair John Ryan. Just over 40 comments or suggestions were submitted during the first round of consultation. “There were some interesting ideas,” Ryan says, noting there is room to work within both scenarios.

The consultation period was opened on October 14, and those interested in contributing now have two months to submit comments or suggestions before the process closes on December 15. Ryan says he is looking forward to hearing back from the public, while noting the response during the first round was encouraging.

Following the December deadline for feedback, the council will then have 45 days to make a final decision. Subsequent changes to the NFSB’s Three Year Plan of Allocation and Destination of Immovables that are adopted by the council will come into effect on July 1, 2023.

Those interested in participating in the second round of public consultations may submit their feedback online through the NFSB website at: www.nfsb.qc.ca/major-school-change/.

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