The $3.6 million project is funded through $600,000 each from the Ministry of Education and the school district, $1.2 million from Fair Share funds and an additional $1.2 million Electoral Area B residents voted to borrow in a referendum in January. While Clearview Principal Griff Peet sang PRRD Chair Karen Goodings’ praises for making this project happen, the Area B Director said the kudos goes to the community.
“What really made the difference and made this project happen is 96 per cent support from the people,” she told the crowd. “So if you hadn’t gone out and voted, we wouldn’t be here today celebrating what is going to be the beginning of a wonderful gymnasium for this community.”
The larger gym will be built as an extension to the building, with change rooms and storage space, and the possibility of bleachers in the future. The school’s current gym was built when it was only an elementary school back in 1969 and is now too small for the school’s older students.
Now that the agreement has been signed, the architects must finalize plans and it’s expected the construction date will be known within a week. The hope is to have the steel and concrete in place by early fall, and be ready for use by Christmas. The current gym will remain as a multipurpose room.