By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
A new school set to open its doors next year will have to wait.
The currently unnamed elementary school, located in what is currently an empty lot in a subdivision north of Simcoe Street North and Conlin Road and the future home of approximately 500 students, now has a target open date of September 2018, one year later than the original target announced in November.
The delay comes following a report presented to the Durham District School Board, which lays out the expected timeline of building a new school. According to the report, such an endeavour – which includes four months of design work, six months of laying out contract documents, two months of issuing tenders for construction and 12 months for the construction itself – would take up to two years. This means that if work began right as the announcement was made, the project would already by two months behind schedule.
The report also details other issues that could add time to that projection, including seeking approval from the Ministry of Education for projected costs of building the school before it can be put out for tender.
Students that would be attending this new school will continue to do their studies at Dr. S.J. Phillips, while those residing in the area north of Conlin, east of Simcoe, south of Winchester Road and mid-block between Simcoe and Ritson Road will now be sent to Sunset Heights Public School due to what the school board is calling “accommodation pressures.”
The expected completion date for boundary process for the new school is September 2017.
The school board initially announced the new Oshawa school – along with another in Ajax, which has also been delayed to September 2018 – after receiving new funds from the provincial government.
The money from the province was also put toward major renovations at Claremont Public School in Pickering.