The Quesnel School District is near the “finish line” when it comes to finding out if a new middle school will be built in the North Cariboo.
Secretary Treasurer Bettina Ketcham…
“Our quantity surveyor has completed their costing of all three options and what I can share right now is that the low cost option looks to be the brand new school, so option three.”
The other options were to renovate the existing QJS site in downtown Quesnel, and to do an addition/renovation to the Maple Drive site where students are currently attending.
A new school would also be built on that site.
Ketcham says she can’t release the exact figures right now…
“I don’t want to get in front of the process. The Ministry of Education likes to make those announcements and again we’re still working through a process, so I won’t be able to share those numbers at this time.”
Those numbers will be in the District’s final report to the Ministry of Education by the end of the month….
“They generally need a six week turnaround time because we synthesize our document, which is well over a hundred pages into a couple of page document that they’ll bring to Treasury Board, and the Ministry of Finance will ultimately decide on the funding. And as I understand it, we’re on the docket for April, and after that the announcement could come within a month or two or shortly thereafter, if all goes well.”
Ketcham says it has been a lengthy process as they were delayed at one point when the Ministry of Education updated the rates to allow for more dollars per square foot, as a result of the increase in construction costs over the past few years.