St. John's, May 24, 2017- Following an extraordinary meeting of the Conseil scolaire francophone
provincial (CSFP) held on Monday, May 22, the trustees voted unanimously on the proposal that the CSFP offer programming from grades 7 to 12 in St. John's from temporary premises, that is, from Holy Cross School on Ricketts Road in St. John's. This was made possible by the collaboration of the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation (RCEC), the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD), the Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development (MEECD) and the CSFP. An agreement in principle between the partners will be signed in the near future. The use of the Holy Cross School is a temporary solution that will allow the CSFP to move towards a permanent solution, the possible construction of a new school in the St. John area. Using the Holy Cross School is a step in the right direction.
« This project has long been a priority for the CSFP and francophone families in the St. John region. It will address the problem of lack of space at École des Grands-Vents and create a better learning environment for intermediate and high school students » confirms CSFP Board Chair, Mr. Brian Lee.
The scale of the Holy Cross School project highlights the importance of providing students and families in the region with a learning environment that supports the social, cultural and academic development of all, in a welcoming environment. « The programming that will be presented at the intermediate and secondary level will be of better quality for our francophone families. This will ensure the overall development of students in a safe and state-of-the-art environment in technology, » said Director of Education, Mrs. Kim Christianson.
Preparation of this new school is starting now. A presentation of the programming will be offered to the school community in June. The opening of the new school is scheduled for September 2017.