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Gateway Christian Community owns what will soon be a surplus building and the Divisions scolaire franco-manitobaine needs another school in northeast Winnipeg — so the Province of Manitoba has solved two problems by purchasing the King’s School.
The announcement was made May 26.
Located at 851 Panet Rd, the King’s School currently houses a kindergarten to Grade 12 school offering Christian-based education. To accommodate the DSFM, minor renovations will take place over the summer and four temporary, modular classrooms will be installed. They will be used until June 30, 2022, when the DSFM assumes full control of the site.
The purchase helps the Province of Manitoba fulfill its guarantee of building or creating 20 new schools, said provincial education minister Kelvin Goertzen said.
"This represents a true win-win opportunity and is a credit to the officials at Division scolaire franco-manitobaine and Gateway Christian Community Inc. who have been creative in putting the needs of their students first," Goertzen said. "With its planned improvements, the school building will fill a high demand for French-language education in northeast Winnipeg."
The DSFM will operate a kindergarten to Grade 8 school capable of teaching 350 students, chairman Bernard Lesage said.
"The students from Transcona/Kildonan who want ‘éducation en français’ are presently at école Taché," he explained. "We are planning on a gradual opening, for the next school year, kindergarten, Grade 1 and maybe Grade 2. All entitled families from the catchment area will be able to register their children."
Lesage said, adding a school in northeast Winnipeg was a priority because Transcona alone has potentially more than 300 students wishing to pursue French education. That demand is strong throughout Manitoba, as new schools are required in Sage Creek, Waverley West, Brandon and Niverville and renovations are planned in La Broquerie and Ile des Chenes.
The purchase price and renovations should be around $13.5 million, which represents an $8.7 million saving over building a new school, Goertzen said.
The two schools will share the space until the King’s School moves to its new home in West St. Paul, which can be seen from the Perimeter Highway. Its planned opening is September 2022.
"We are excited to partner with the French school division to see this property continue to serve the needs of the community," said Peter Todd, pastoral team leader, Panet Road congregation of Gateway Church.
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