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New public school in Beaverton could be delayed — again

Construction of a new school in Beaverton could be delayed – again.

While the new school was initially supposed to open in September of 2020, the Durham District School Board has still not received the greenlight from the Ministry of Education to proceed.

“We have not received the approval to proceed to tender from the Ministry of Education, to date,” reads a statement from the DDSB’s communications department.

“There is a possibility that the project could be delayed depending on when the approval to proceed to tender is received.”

Long rumoured, the DDSB launched a formal accommodation review of the Beaverton Public School and Thorah Central 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.

Completion of the project was pushed back a year – to September of 2021 – back in June.

“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,” reads a letter that was sent home with students at the time.

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


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