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Province of Ontario approves the construction of a new French-language Catholic school in Orléans South

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 OTTAWA – The Minister of Education of Ontario, Liz Sandals, today announced the approval of a project to build a French-language Catholic school in the Avalon area of Orléans in the East end of Ottawa. This project, dubbed Avalon II, will cost $8.6 million and create 412 student spaces.

The new facility will relieve the enrollment pressures being felt at École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin located in Avalon– a rapidly expanding area of Orléans. With an expected enrollment of 689 students in 2014-2015, this school is at full capacity. The facility was initially built to provide 464 student spaces. To handle additional enrollment, the school has nine portable classrooms as well as a 10-classroom modular addition.

The Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), Denis Poirier, is pleased with this news. “It is important to build new schools in the areas where our Francophone families live,” he stated. “Every year, we at the CECCE work closely with the parents in our school communities to compile our list of priority projects,” he explained. “This new construction project is becoming a reality thanks to the collaboration that has developed between the CECCE and the community of École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin.” The Chair of the CECCE underscored the role that the school community of école Alain-Fortin had played in moving this issue forward with the Ontario Ministry of Education. He also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education for recognizing the need to move forward with this long-awaited construction project. 

Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans, is proud of the initiative : “Our government’s investments are supporting safe, modern facilities that meet the needs of students and school staff in Ottawa. When we help our local school boards improve and expand their infrastructure, we’re helping teachers and support staff focus on what matters most — student growth and success.”

"We make every effort to create an enriching environment for students that fosters the development of the skills they will need to succeed and achieve their dreams," stated Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. "I am certain that the new school will fully meet this community's needs."

The CECCE expects to begin construction of the new Avalon elementary school in the spring of 2015. The school board is in the process of purchasing land in the West Avalon area of Orléans.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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Information: Roxanne Deevey, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Cell: 613-298-4221 Media line: 613-746-3525
deever@ecolecatholique.ca

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