Calgarians opposed to the proposed location of a new francophone school sat down with provincial education officials Thursday for a discussion.

The Scenic Acres Save Our Park group had requested the meeting because they say the francophone school board has not listened to their concerns over the development, which would happen on a green space area used by the community.

Opponents to the proposal say saving the green space is the focus of their efforts but they didn't get the support they had hoped for from the province.

"What we found out today is that apparently the work goes on in terms of building this school," said Ike Zacharopoulos, a resident and member of the group. "So our concern that the location has not been properly chosen has not been addressed."

The proposed francophone school would serve about 400 students from kindergarten through Grade 6.

When the community was developed in the 1980s, the green space now under debate had been designated as a school site.

However, neither the CBE or the Calgary Catholic School Board decided to build there.

The land was then offered to the francophone school board but residents say they should have been notified that the CBE and Catholic board had passed so they could organize a bid to keep the land as green space.

Some aspects of the green space would remain under the current project proposal, including the baseball diamond and basketball courts.

Ministry of Education staff who attended the meeting declined to comment.

The school is slated to open in 2016.

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story stated the residents had requested a meeting due to frustrations with the Calgary Board of Education. That is incorrect. They requested the meeting because they say the francophone school board has not been listening to their concerns.
    Aug 29, 2014 10:32 AM MT