Plans for a new public elementary school in North Perth have taken a big leap forward. The Avon Maitland District School Board and the Municipality of North Perth have announced an agreement on the Board’s purchase of land just west of Listowel.
The 18.2 acre property will be the site of the new North Perth School for which the Ministry of Education approved funding in 2011. The new two story public school will be approximately 62,000 square feet and provide JK to grade 8 education for up to 565 students.
The new school site is adjacent to property where the municipality of North Perth plans to build a new recreation complex. The proximity of these projects will allow synergies in site development and on-going sharing of services such as parking lots, driveways, and outdoor recreational space. The students at the new school will have access to the recreation centre during regular school days as an extension of the current Reciprocal Agreement between the School Board and the Municipality. Similarly, the Municipality will have access to the new school facility outside of regular school hours.
Coinciding with the construction of the school will be an extension to Binning Street West through to Road 165 as well as the extension of Mitchell Road north to the Binning Street extension. The street layout will improve current traffic conditions along with providing access to the new school. Sidewalks, bike lanes and trails are all being considered as part of the design to promote environmentally friendly and healthy transportation options as part of the overall plan. There will be a 30 metre (100 foot) wide naturalized buffer zone between the new school property and Briarwood to the east.
The Board and its Architectural partners are currently fine tuning the design of the school and its expected that the tender will go out Mid-Fall. Following the awarding of the tender, it is anticipated that construction will begin late this fall and then gear up for the full construction phase early in the spring following ground thaw. The new North Perth Elementary School is expected to open September 2015.
For further information please contact:
AMDSB Manager of Communications
Municipality of North Perth