Opening of new school in Beaverton delayed a year

The opening of a new school in Beaverton has been delayed by at least a year.

According to a letter sent home with Beaverton PS students Tuesday (June 18), the board is “waiting for one of the final stages of approval” from the Ministry of Education and the completion date has been moved to September of 2021.

“As this approval has not yet been received, construction cannot begin this summer, which is necessary for the project to be completed for a September 2020 opening,” reads the letter from Principal Peter Bozanis.

The letter directs parents to the board’s website for more information but the June 2019 construction and property update presented to trustees had yet to be uploaded as of Tuesday night.

“DDSB staff will continue to work with the Ministry of Education on obtaining this approval and moving forward. The current plan of students returning to their respective schools for the 2019/2020 school year is still in place,” it concludes.

“We will continue to communicate any further updates with the school community.”

A similar letter was sent home with students from Thorah Central, which will be consolidated into the new facility when it eventually opens.

Long rumoured, the DDSB launched a formal accommodation review of the two schools in October of 2016.

At that time, residents were presented with two options – construction of a new building at the Beaverton PS site or the status quo. When a public meeting was held in December of that year, the possibility of a new school on the Thorah Central site was also under consideration. A fourth option, preservation of the original Beaverton PS building (built in 1924) with an addition, was added following comments at the public meeting.

Trustees voted in February 2017 to build the new school at the Beaverton PS site, with funding from the Ministry announced a year later.

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