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Two new schools break ground

Both are set to open for 2016/17 school year

School groundbreakings

School board trustees and other officials from the Durham District School Board were on hand for the official ground breaking at a new school on Grandview Street, north of Olive Avenue on Friday. That school, along with another that broke ground the same day at the corner of Coldstream and Clearbrook streets, is set to be open in September 2016.

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa will soon have two new public schools to add to its list of educational facilities.

Officials with the Durham District School Board broke ground at two locations on Friday for the 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 – that are set to open in 2016.

The new school at Coldstream and Clearbrook – tentatively named Stonecrest – will be just under 58,000 square feet. According to a report filed with the school board in September, the school will have room for a little more than 550 students, some of which will be possibly be made up from the relocation of the French immersion program from Seneca Trail Public School.

The report also suggests there will be a relief of potential overcrowding for other schools in the area, including Kedron, Norman G Powers and Sherwood.

The second school will replace Forestview Public School on Athabasca Road, just south of King Street East.

Erin Elmhurst, the principal for Forestview and principal for the new school, told The Oshawa Express the new school is being built as the community was in need of a newer building.

Elmhurst also says the new school is set to have approximately 435 students.