After years of waiting, the primary school Pie-X-de l’Assomption finally has a real gymnasium. The Sherbrooke Region School Board (CSRS) receives $ 2.3 million in funding from Quebec City. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning in the presence of the member for Saint-François, Guy Hardy.
The new facility, scheduled for the Assomption pavilion in St-Michel Street, is expected for the school year 2018. If everything goes as planned, work should begin in the spring.
At the moment, the establishment uses as a “gymnasium” a small room with two rows of columns. The new gymnasium will allow approximately 245 students to participate in a wider range of physical activities. The expansion of approximately 450 square meters will include the addition of a single gymnasium, sanitary blocks, locker rooms and technical rooms.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 2.5 million.
Québec announced in early June investments of $ 50 million for construction of gymnasiums in elementary and secondary schools across the province.
A total of 18 projects, including the one in Sherbrooke, are due to be implemented this summer. The CSRS has also launched calls for tenders for professionals for the expansion planned at Pie-X-de l’Assomption.
“At first, it is a school in a disadvantaged environment. Providing quality infrastructure is truly a priority. You can not miss out on that investment. People were able to observe this morning (Wednesday) that the current gymnasium takes place more of a room than a gymnasium. Obviously, this is news that delights us for all of our students, “comments Geneviève Crête, Director of Pie-X-de l’Assomption.
“The objective was also to recover classes. We will take advantage of the construction of the gymnasium to rearrange a little inside the school, so as to have more local-classes. The (current) gymnasium may become a child care facility. We are still in the preliminary plans. It will be built at the other end of the school so as not to encroach on the passage already used by the parents and on the schoolyard. The guard was already cramped.
“You have long hoped for this new gymnasium. Your school was in great need of it! “Said CSIS President Gilles Normand to the children who attended the press conference.
The school, also formed by the Pie-X Pavilion on Triest Street, will welcome 493 pupils at the next school year.
The CSRS is still waiting for news from Quebec City for other projects. In particular, it wants to increase the number of classes in the future C-school, which will be built at the corner of René-Lévesque Boulevard and Matisse Street, from 14 to 21 classes. An extension request was also submitted to add eight additional classes to the Jean-XXIII school. Applications were also made for the Sylvestre and Avenues gymnasiums (Laporte pavilion).
All applications, including the Assumption pavilion, range between $ 12 and $ 15 million.
The CSRS also wants to obtain the green light from Quebec City to enlarge the Source-Vive at Ascot Corner; It will have to make a formal application according to the rules of the five-year investment plan of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.