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Online information session for Tiyata French school on Nov. 12

Proposed school would serve approximately 390 students from K to 12
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SCHOOL SPOT The area outlined in red denotes where School District 93 hopes to build a French-language school in Pemberton’s Tiyata development. Screenshot from Village of Pemberton council package

School District 93, the Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la C.B. (CSF), will hold an online information session on Thursday, Nov. 12 regarding its proposal to build a new French-language school in Pemberton's Tiyata neighbourhood.

Last month, the district applied to the Village of Pemberton for an amendment to its Official Community Plan (OCP) to build a public school for Francophone education in the second phase of the Tiyata development. The school would serve roughly 390 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and also feature childcare spaces. The site would offer playing fields and a community garden as well.

At its Oct. 20 meeting, council moved to request that the district hold an information session, as well as notify relevant stakeholders of the amendment application.

The information session, held via Zoom, will start at 6 p.m. 

Spokesperson Pascale Cyr said attendees will be able to discover basic details about the project.

“Participants can expect to hear some details about the CSF and the public Francophone education that is offered in Pemberton. They will hear about the proposed [Kindergarten-to-Grade 12 school and community centre] project, for example, the location, size and the proposed layout on the site,” Cyr said in an email. “They will also hear about the next steps in the rezoning process.”

The CSF currently operates École La Vallée in temporary infrastructure near Signal Hill Elementary School. 

“As the school community is growing, the CSF has presented in its capital plan a request to achieve a site for the construction of a K-to-12 school and a community centre,” Cyr wrote, adding that there is no outline of a timeline or budget for the school at this time. 

The CSF will purchase the site and the Ministry of Education will fund construction, Cyr noted.

To register for the event, head to tinyurl.com/y3kbhfrr.