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New school for École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse students

OTTAWA, April 10, 2015 – At a press conference this afternoon, the Honorable Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, announced that the Ontario Ministry of Education will provide $8.2 million to build a new school to replace the existing École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse. Work is slated to begin in the summer of 2016.

According to CECCE Chair, Denis Poirier, “At the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, our focus is always on providing an environment where, as our mission states, students are engaged in learning, pursuing their dreams, and building a better world. The new school building will provide students in Vanier with a quality facility that meets families’ expectations.”

There are many reasons to build a new school. Built in 1949, additions were added seven times in its first 34 years. The original building was designed to accommodate 886 students, the capacity of a high school, but currently has approximately 340 students. The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is very pleased with the Ministry’s decision to finance the construction of a new school.

The new school, to be built on the same site, will accommodate 340 students. The new building will be smaller but much more efficient, and will enable the CECCE to save nearly $5 million in energy and annual maintenance costs over 20 years. This school with cutting edge technology will foster 21st century learning and the development of students’ skills in a digital age.  

Bernard Roy, the CECCE’s Director of Education, is delighted with the news. “This school has always been a model that fully meets the needs of students and their families. At Horizon-Jeunesse, there is a deep sense of fellowship among parents, the community and staff. Horizon-Jeunesse is a beacon of the Francophonie and a hub thanks to its many community partners.”

Located at 349 Olmstead Street in Vanier, the building has been used for several purposes and has seen many students come and go. Originally, it was used as a secondary school, first as the bilingual Eastview High School, then as École  secondaire André-Laurendeau. After that, the building was home to two separate elementary schools at the same time: Le Petit Prince for children from kindergarten to grade 3, and Vision-Jeunesse for students from grade 4 to grade 6. In 2010, both elementary schools were merged to create the present École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse.

Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2016 and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.

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