New Parkcrest school could house community space

A community space that could house such facilities as a daycare may become part of the new Parkcrest elementary when it is rebuilt.

In a new school design template, the Ministry of Education is providing space for what it calls neighbourhood learning centres — something for which Parkcrest would qualify.

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The exact use for that space will be determined once the design process is underway, SD73 facilities director Art McDonald told KTW.

“Typical examples are daycares and those kinds of things, but none of that’s been determined yet,” he said.

McDonald said he is currently drafting a report outlining the basic parameters of the project in order to secure provincial funding to rebuild the school, which Education Minister Rob Fleming has said he hopes to have fast-tracked.

That funding is expected to be in place sometime in the spring once that report has been submitted and the ministry approves the project.

“Once we get that funding and get into design, that’s when we would start looking at what we think we’d put in that space,” McDonald.

SD73 is also partnering with the City of Kamloops to expand the size of Parkcrest elementary’s gymnasium to make it attractive for after-hours rent from community groups and sports organizations.

The city’s recreation master plan has identified more sports court space as a need in Kamloops.

The new Parkcrest gymnasium would be roughly double the size of a typical elementary school gym, which range from 3,500 to 4,000 square feet.

High school gymnasiums, on the other hand, are typically between 7,000 and 8,000 square feet.

The city would be on the hook to pay for the construction of the additional 4,000 square feet.

Parkcrest elementary was destroyed by fire on Sept. 5, displacing hundreds of students and staff.

After missing a week of school, the students have since been learning at the former George Hilliard site until their facility is rebuilt.

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