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Forging Ahead with a French Catholic Elementary School in Arnprior

September 27, 2016, OTTAWA - Now that suitable land has been purchased, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) can pursue plans to open a new French Catholic elementary school in Arnprior.   

The new French Catholic school will be built on Baskin Drive near the existing A.J. Charbonneau English elementary school.

“The Baskin Drive parcel was selected for a number of reasons. Student safety is a top priority for the CECCE, and the existing pedestrian crossing is a major advantage. In addition, the availability of short-term water and sewer services will enable us to open the school faster,” explained Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “The Baskin Drive parcel is large enough to accommodate future expansion of the school so that we can provide families in Arnprior and the surrounding area with French Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade 12,” he added.

Work will begin once the ground thaws next spring. Construction, including installation of municipal services, will take approximately 12 months, and the new school is slated to open at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

“The CECCE is excited about the Arnprior community’s enthusiastic support for this plan. At the first information meeting last fall, some 20 families expressed an interest in getting more information about the new school,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “More and more parents are choosing French Catholic education for their children, and the CECCE is very excited to be offering this service to Arnprior families, who will experience the excellence and caring of Centre-Est Catholic schools first-hand,” she added.

In November 2016, the CECCE announced that the Ontario Ministry of Education approved funding for the construction of an elementary school for 250 students.

Approval in hand, the CECCE held community consultations, then retained the services of an architect to design and draw up plans and specifications for the school. The school is scheduled to open in 2018, and the timeline has been adjusted accordingly.

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