The Big Little Science Centre will soon announce the location of its new home.
The centre’s board met on Monday night and have reached an agreement with a landlord to move into a new space.
The Sept. 5 fire that destroyed Parkcrest elementary in Brocklehurst has led to a domino effect of student movement to and from various facilities. As a result, the science centre was asked by School District 73 to move out of the Holt Street location it leases so the building can be used to house students from Four Directions alternative school.
Four Directions was moved from George Hilliard elementary to accommodate Parkcrest elementary students displaced by a fire that destroyed their school on Sept. 5. Nobody was hurt in the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation, though police have ruled out arson.
Parkcrest students began classes in Hilliard on Monday.
There have been whispers that the Big Little Science Centre will unveil a downtown location, but executive director Gord Stewart said the board needs to finalize details of the lease before revealing the location of the new home.
He did say the science centre’s new address will be more central and more accessible that its previous home in the former Happyvale elementary on Holt Street in Brocklehurst.
The charitable organization’s board of directors met on Monday night to discuss the financial viability of two possible locations, reaching consensus on one.
Stewart said the centre should be open in its new space in early November, when a grand opening will be staged. In the interim, the centre’s large volume of science materials will remain in storage.
The science centre offers visitors a variety of shows, demonstrations, teaching laboratories and more than 140 hands-on stations to experiment with science.
The centre was founded in 2001 by science teacher Gordon Gore. It has had homes in David Thompson elementary, Bert Edwards Science and Technology School, George Hilliard elementary and Happyvale elementary. The centre had leased space from the school district, but because it is not a district program, however, access is determined by space availability.
In its latest newsletter, released this week, science centre staff said it will no longer be housed in schools, due to the uncertainty of space availability.