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N.W.T. francophone school board doesn’t want J. H. Sissons

‘The way to respond to the infrastructure needs for francophone schools is not to offer the oldest school of 40 years that need many million dollars in repairs,” says francophone school board president Suzette Montreuil.
N.W.T. francophone school board president Suzette Montreuil says the offer of a 40-year-old school in need of repairs is not an acceptable way to meet the infrastructure needs of the francophone school population. (CBC)

The francophone school board in Yellowknife says it's not interested in inheriting a 40-year-old school from the N.W.T. government.

The territorial government is under court order to expand facilities for the Commission Scolaire Francophone des Territoires du Nord Ouest. It wants to do that by giving it an existing school.

Yellowknife Education District Number 1 will soon decide if it can operate with one less school.

If a school were to close, it would be the downtown elementary school, J. H. Sissons — the district’s school in the greatest need of repair.

The president of the francophone board says that's not acceptable.

“They way to respond to the infrastructure needs for francophone schools is not to offer the oldest school of 40 years that need many million dollars in repairs,” says Suzette Montreuil.

In a 2012 court decision, the government was ordered to expand facilities for the francophone school board. A government appeal of that decision was heard in March, but no decision has been released.

The francophone board estimates it would cost more than $15 million to expand its K-12 school in Yellowknife, Allain St-Cyr.

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