New Charlottetown school to open March 12

Dave Stewart
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The former Spring Park elementary school. FILE PHOTO

The bells will be ringing for the first time inside the new Spring Park Elementary School on Tuesday, March 12.

It's been two years since students were moved out of the old building after testing found mould. In its place is a $11.5-million state-of-the-art building which is approximately two-thirds bigger than the old school.

"The sentiment is that this has been a long time coming,'' said Ellen Morse, chair of the Spring Park Home and School Association. "The kids are so excited and the teachers are, well, beyond excited. It's going to be great to be together again.''

John Cummings with the English Language School Board said equipment will be moved into the new school on March 8 and March 11 and classes will begin on Tuesday, March 12.

"We're just making preparations about getting the move ready and getting things scheduled and making sure the final construction requirements are done at the new school,'' Cummings said.

Students in the Spring Park system are currently split between two schools, St. Jean and Birchwood. However, when students were first moved out they were divided up between four schools, St. Jean, Birchwood, Parkdale and West Kent. Grade 6 students this year have spent that time moving between three different schools.

Morse said all the moving around and being apart from close friends has been a strain on the youngsters. Spring Park serves kindergarten to Grade 6.

"Kids don't adjust well to change and there's been a lot of change,'' she said.

A meeting with the home and school association was held Wednesday night where they heard about how the new school will be a 21st century learning space with collaborative learning spaces.

There has also been a lot of work going on behind the scenes on new playground equipment.

Neil Robertson, co-chair of the playground committee, said when the old school was torn down everything was thrown out, including the old playground equipment.

"There was a budget for the new school but none of that money was allocated for actual playground pieces so we had to come together as a parent committee and figure out a way,'' Robertson said.

The eight-parent committee sent out letters asking for corporate donations. He said the list of people who are giving is long, some $500, others $1,000 but one Island company wrote a rather large cheque.

The owner of Discover KIA in Charlottetown and Summerside as well as Experience Hyundai in Charlottetown donated $112,500.

"This has been the most generous donation I can say that I know of as far as making our children have that outdoor exercise, fresh air between classes and just getting out and playing.''

It helped the playground committee raise $125,000 so far. The total budget is $165,000.

Robertson said the equipment won't be in place until September, due to weather and soft ground conditions.

There will be an open house at the new school on the evening of March 12, once the kids have had first crack at the new digs.

Organizations: New Charlottetown school, Spring Park Home and School Association, English Language School Board

Geographic location: Spring Park, West Kent, Charlottetown Iceland Summerside

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Recent comments

  • close
    February 10, 2013 - 12:36

    This ghiz government has no plan.They bankrupt the province because they are bankrupt of ideas and cannot see beyond the next vote.They had no problem closing schools in Kings County....Not one in the big city.WHY?

  • close schools
    February 08, 2013 - 09:13

    We will soon need only 1 high school in Charlottetown. The Rural or the Gray (flip a coin). Just rename it Charlottetown High School to better reflect the area it serves. Rename Bluefield to Western Queens High School. Close Kinkora & KISH and rename TOSH to Summerside High School.

  • hugh
    February 08, 2013 - 05:43

    There is enough classroom space in 4 existing schools for all the Ch'town core students. Spring Park (k-3), Birchwood (4-6) Queen Charlotte (7-9) and Colonel Gray (10-12). Time for our new school board to make some badly needed changes in both zoning and school reconfiguration.The Colonel Gray family of schools should contain these schools plus the Stratford schools.

    • Hugh, you're wrong . .
      February 08, 2013 - 07:17

      Hugh, you're wrong, you've vastly understated the problem. It's a verifiable fact that there's more than enough space in our existing schools in the Charlottetown area. In fact, with a declining student population, we could have avoided building this school and still closed another in Mr. Ghiz's riding. But to be fair to Ghiz, he screwed up in Montague too. It was well known at the time of construction that one grade 7-12 facility would have provided not only a great facility, but it would have enhanced the educational experience. At least they're doing it right in Souris. Except Ghiz screwed up there too by not providing the full funding that was promised. I guess he was too busy approving self-serving and unnecessary facility expenditures: the Plan B philosophy. Oh, and by the way, this flawed planning has the potential to make a sham out of the School Board amalgamation. It's not by accident that their first job is to re-zone. Heads-up Western / rural PEI - somebody has to pay for the "enhancements" to Mr. Ghiz's riding. All we have to do now is stomach the spin, "At the end of the day, it's for the children." Sort of makes a person sick . . .