On October 25, the Centre de services scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries (CSSDGS) announced the completion of renovations which have enlarged two local elementary schools: École Sainte-Clotilde in Sainte-Clotilde, and École Saint-Romain in Hemmingford. “The expansion of these two schools was necessary due to the increase in students we’ve had. The added space fulfills the needs of both the students and the staff at these schools,” says Kathlyn Morel, director general of the CSSDGS.
The renovations at École Sainte-Clotilde cost $16.5 million and were paid for by the Ministry of Education. The school can now accommodate 345 students from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, doubling the previous capacity. Some of the new amenities include a gymnasium, a music room, a library, and seven new classrooms. A variety of new desks and chairs, which better suit the diverse individual needs of young students, has also been provided.
“This will be the start of a new journey for students, as well as teachers, staff, and parents of these two schools. The classrooms and pavilions are brighter, modern, and flexible, providing a more stimulating learning experience for the students, that will meet their needs. I’m thrilled for those that will benefit from this ‘new generation’ of schools,” says Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle.
The expansion at École Saint-Romain cost roughly $12.2 million, which went towards building large common spaces at the school that were sorely needed. It now has a permanent cafeteria that doubles as a gathering hall and a bigger library that is more accessible. On top of increasing student capacity by almost 100, bringing it to 230 students, the improvements include a new music room and three new pre-kindergarten classrooms. “The renovations will foster an environment that favours sharing and exchange, which is important in a learning environment. These renovations also helped us expand the school, which helps us grow our team,” said Katherine Cadorette, principal of École Saint-Romain.
Both schools also had elevators installed – much-needed additions which make the school spaces more accessible.
Attending the press conference announcing the completion of the improvements were representatives from the school board; principal of École Sainte-Clotilde, Suzanne Gonsalves; principal of École Saint-Romain, Katherine Cadorette; Sainte-Clotilde’s mayor, Guy-Julien Mayné; Hemmingford Village’s mayor, Drew Somerville; and Deputy IsaBelle. All gave speeches at the event, which was held at the Sainte-Clotilde school.