Special to the Gazette
Jeanne Sauve Catholic School will receive $489,244 from the province to make necessary renovations needed to implement full-day Kindergarten by Sept. 2014.
Another classroom is needed to accommodate the young students at the school, and at last week’s Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board meeting, extensive renovations including converting the stage area into a classroom, was approved. A new stage area will also be built.
“I think it’ll be great. I’m excited this is finally coming to Jeanne Sauve,” said principal Shona Gracey. “I’m thrilled.”
The money being spent on Jeanne Sauve is part of the $978,488 the Catholic board has received to implement full-day Kindergarten in its remaining five schools where the program has yet to be introduced. Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Dashwood and St. Patrick’s in Kinkora will receive funding totalling $244, 622 to make necessary renovations.
The other two schools, St. Aloysius in Stratford and St. Boniface in Zurich, will not receive additional funding as no renovations are needed, says Gerry Thuss, superintendent of business for the Catholic board.
St. Aloysius is almost ready to accommodate the program, says Thuss. It only needs some painting and clean-up.
There are currently 40 full-day Kindergartners registered at Jeanne Sauve and 15 at St. Aloysius, according to Thuss.
Stratford’s other Catholic elementary schools, St. Ambrose and St. Joseph’s, have been full-day since Sept. 2010 and Sept. 2012, respectively.