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Fate of QJS to be reviewed March 2019, according to Ministry

Quesnel junior school options will go before Ministry Treasury Board in March

Quesnel School District 28 is on track in its pursuit of a new or renovated junior school for local students.

In a Dec. 19 memo to the Board of Education, secretary-treasurer Bettina Ketcham said the Ministry of Education had provided feedback on a project definition report, which was submitted Nov. 21, 2018.

Consultants working with the District on the project are now completing a costing report on the three proposed options, due to revised rates, and Ketcham wrote in her memo that the final project definition report will be submitted to the Ministry mid-January 2019.

The three options on the table from the Ministry are renovating the Quesnel Junior School building located downtown Quesnel; adding to and renovating the QJS site at Maple Drive; or building a new school at the Maple Drive site.

At a Nov. 7 board meeting, Ketcham outlined the “extremely complex” work going into the project definition report for all three options.

“We are trying to take an older facility and renovate it to accommodate a larger student population, but also bring all its mechanical, structural, electrical systems from a 1974 build to today’s standards,” she said.

The Dec. 19 memo states that Ministry of Education staff have advised SD28 that the Treasury Board sits at the beginning of March, 2019, and the options for QJS will be reviewed then.

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