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Child-care centre displaced by Souris French school finds potential new home

The Eastern Kings Learning Academy, which is being displaced from its home by a new French school for the area, may have found a new home: a large house on Main Street in Souris. But it's not a done deal yet.

'I think we'd be very pleased to have it in the town,' says Souris mayor

This house on Main Street could soon be home to the Eastern Kings Learning Academy. (Shelley LaVie )

The Eastern Kings Learning Academy, which is being displaced from its home by a new French school for the area, may have found a new home: a large house on Main Street in Souris. 

​The child-care centre is under pressure to relocate from the old Rollo Bay Consolidated school by the end of March, because the P.E.I. government is creating a new K-12 French school there. The current French school, École La-Belle-Cloche in Fortune, is full to capacity with 85 students.

It is a business and any time a new business sets up in the town, we're quite pleased.— David MacDonald, Mayor of Souris

The child-care centre is under pressure to relocate from the old Rollo Bay Consolidated school by the end of March, because the P.E.I. government is creating a new K-12 French school there. The current French school, École La-Belle-Cloche in Fortune, is full to capacity with 85 students.

"I think we'd be very pleased to have it in the town," said Souris Mayor David MacDonald. 

The child-care centre that now uses the Rollo Bay school has applied to move into a large house in Souris. (Province of Prince Edward Island)

"It's certainly more convenient for many of the parents. Many of them work in the town and it's much easier to drop their children off."

The property would have to be rezoned from residential to institutional, but MacDonald notes there are several institutional properties nearby, so believes it likely won't be a problem. 

"It is not a real leap of faith because you have institutional behind it with the hospital and the manor. And the RCMP are just 100 yards down the road."

The town's planning board has already recommended the application be approved, MacDonald said.

"It is a business and any time a new business sets up in the town, we're quite pleased."

A public meeting on the rezoning will be held on Feb. 8 at the Souris town hall, but it will still be up to council to make the final decision after hearing from residents.

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