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New school, expansion coming to Oshawa

This empty field at the corner of Northern Dancer Drive and Bridle Road will soon be home to the Durham District School Board’s newest school. The new building is being paid for by new funds from the province. (Photo by Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express)

This empty field at the corner of Northern Dancer Drive and Bridle Road will soon be home to the Durham District School Board’s newest school. The new building is being paid for by new funds from the province. (Photo by Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express)

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

It’s no secret that the city’s north end has been quickly expanding. Now, there will be a new public school to accommodate that growth.

Thanks to funding from the province, the Durham District School Board (DDSB) will be constructing a new primary school in the north end of Oshawa. Located in what is now an empty field in a subdivision north of Simcoe Street North and Conlin Road, the new school will host approximately 500 students when it opens its doors for the fall of 2017.

Charles Senior, a communications officer with the DDSB, tells The Oshawa Express that the new school has not yet been designed.

The public school board will also be using the funds it received from the province to go toward a new elementary school in Ajax at Formosa Avenue and Turnerbury Avenue, as well as bankroll major renovations at Claremont Public School in Pickering. The renovation will see the demolition of the original portion of the school built in 1923, with a new two-storey building with four classrooms and a mechanical room taking its place.

As with the new Oshawa school, the new Ajax school is set to open for the fall of 2017. The renovation Claremont Public School has a tentative completion date of December 2017.

The new school in the north end isn’t the lone addition to the school board’s Oshawa portfolio. Two new schools — one at the corner of Coldstream and Clearbrook drives, west of Harmony Road, and the other on Grandview Street just north of Olive Avenue – are both set to open in September 2016.

Mike Barrett, chair of the Durham District School Board, did not return The Oshawa Express’ call for comment before press time.

Catholic board expanding childcare spaces

DDSB isn’t the only school board in town reaping the benefits of provincial funds. The Durham Catholic School Board has also received money, and plans to invest it in expanding childcare spaces at several at its schools.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School, located at the corner of Coldstream Drive and Grandview Street, is receiving funding to construct three new childcare rooms, or enough for 49 additional students. Two other schools – St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic School in Ajax and Father Fenelon Catholic School in Pickering – will also be expanding by the same amount. In addition, St. James Catholic School in Ajax will be receiving a six-classroom expansion.

“We’re thrilled to receive (funding) on all four projects,” Tim Robins, the board’s superintendent of facilities services, tells The Oshawa Express. “The three on childcare are focusing on the community hub and the convenience for parents for both preschool and those transitioning into school, which is really important for the school and the community.”