While no date has been set for a groundbreaking, progress is being made on the Country Kids Learning Centre’s new building in St. Francois Xavier, slated to open in 2015.
The new 2,800-square-foot building will be located in front of St. Francois Xavier Community School. Construction and furnishings are estimated to cost between $650,000 and $670,000.
The centre is currently operating within the school, and has 24 preschool and 55 before- and after-school spaces. Having more space will allow the centre to add eight spaces for children aged two and under.
Centre board member Lori Dyck reported that some approvals still need to be given before a projected building start date is set. After that, a tender will be issued for a general contractor, and this is expected to happen this fall.
At its June 17 meeting, the St. Francois Xavier council approved a grant of $12,000 to pay for construction of a driveway, and Prairie Rose School Division gave permission for the driveway.
As well, council set $4,000 aside to be used by centre staff and board members to buy furniture and equipment for the new building. They also placed $14,000 in reserve to be used as a grant to help the centre cover capital costs, if necessary.
"We are very happy to have received the grant from the RM and appreciate their support," Dyck wrote in an email message.
The board plans to launch a fundraising and partnership campaign called Growing Roots in our Community. The money raised will be used to buy furniture and equipment.
Plans for the new Country Kids centre can be seen on the centre’s new website at http://countrykidslearningcentre.ca/new-building