Broadview Public School in Ottawa to be rebuilt

The aging Broadview Public School in Ottawa is one of seven schools to get provincial funding on Thursday.
The oldest parts of Broadview Public School are about 90 years old.

The aging Broadview Public School will be rebuilt, the province announced Thursday.

Broadview is one of seven schools in the Ottawa area to get funding from the province for building or maintenance.

The province also announced two new elementary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, one in Half Moon Bay in Barrhaven and the other in the Orleans neighbourhood of Avalon.

A new catholic English elementary school was also announced in Barrhaven.

Additions were also approved to the French public school ÉÉP Kanata and the French catholic schools ÉSC Pierre-Savard and ÉÉC Sainte-Geneviève.

Education minister Liz Sandals wouldn't break down the individual costs for the projects, but said in total the province was contributing about $73 million for all seven.

Sandals said the ministry looked at hundreds of proposals and business cases for school capitol projects before reaching their decision.

"In many of these cases — the Avalon School out in Orleans, there's literally a dozen portables and it's going to be more this September. So the parents are so relieved when they hear they're going to get a new school and that that's going to take the pressure off all the portables," she said.

Broadview's aging building has been a cause for parents, teachers and students at the school since a boiler issue forced the school's 800 students to miss school in 2011.

Stephanie Craze, Parent Council at Broadview said they are anticipating the new building will to be ready for the 2015-16 school year.

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