St. Brendan school closing doors 2 years earlier than expected
Mega-school will be constructed on site of closing school
School will be out forever for students at St. Brendan Catholic School in southeast Edmonton after classes wrap up in June.
The Catholic School District has just announced the school will shut down permanently to make way for construction of a mega-school, which will open in two years.
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CBC News was told last week that St. Brendan, along with two other Catholic schools, would remain open for another couple of years before students were transitioned to the planned mega-school.
“We were still hoping that we may be able to keep the school open and build on the site at the same time,” said school board chair Cindy Olsen.
“But as it turned out, that's that's not possible because the envelope of land, or the site, is not big [enough] to take down one school and build another. It wouldn't be safe.”
In the meantime, 141 students from St. Brendan will be transferred to St. James School, which is about four kilometres away.
The district says it will provide free bus service for the affected students.
Parents are shocked over the news and are considering moving their children to the public school board, said Sherry Stewart, chairwoman of the St. Brendan Parent Council.
"We were always told that we could be here for another year, we could plan the celebration of closing our school."
"Now with a month, we have nothing. We're scrambling."
Edmonton Catholic Schools spokeswoman Lori Nagy says that Alberta Infrastructure didn't tell the board the students until the day after last week's vote.