New school opens at last

2020-02-25 06:02
Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman and ward 82 councillor Washiela Harris at the opening of the new school. Harris was part of the resident group who initially called for a Colorado Park school in her capacity as residents’ association executive member

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman and ward 82 councillor Washiela Harris at the opening of the new school. Harris was part of the resident group who initially called for a Colorado Park school in her capacity as residents’ association executive member

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Following months of waiting and planning, more than 200 children have started school at the newly opened Washington Drive Primary School.

The school officially welcomed the Grade 1s, 2s and 3s on Monday 17 February.

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman says the school will directly assist with school placements for the immediate and surrounding areas.

“The provincial department of education had an overflow of learners that registered in February 2019 and were placed on a waiting list. This is where the need arose to build the new school,” she says.

Next year as the learners progress to the next grade, two more Grade 4 classes will be accommodated.

A date has not been set as to when the school will be built, and classes are currently being accommodated in pre-fab buildings.

“A school for the Colorado area has been on the business plan since the inception of Colorado Park and was well driven by the previous Colville Ratepayers’ Association. As residents would say, they have been asking for a school for the last 30 years and at last it’s being implemented. I have been working very closely with the residents’ association, circuit manager and interim principal in getting things in place to get the school started as soon as possible,” says Woodman.

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