Quesnel School District Hoping For A New School

By Cheryl Jahn
February 13, 2018 - 10:28am Updated: February 13, 2018 - 5:39pm

QUESNEL — The provincial budget is coming down next week and the Quesnel School District is hoping there is an envelope of funding to replace Quesnel Junior Secondary School. A replacement school has been on District 28's wish list for 15 years but a recent inspection of the facility found is to be unsafe.
So, with an infusion of $1.7 million dollars from the Province, the District is renovating Maple Drive School, which has been vacant for 10 years. Over the Easter break, more than 400 Grades eight and nine students will be moved into that school.
"We're looking at a 500-capacity school," explains Gloria Jackson, Chair of the Board of education. "Basically our enrolment is at 440 students. We've done the enrolment projections and, in the next five years, we could be at 500 kids."

However, the clock is ticking. Maple Drive School has a limited shelf life. The District says it can only be used for another three years.


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