Students who formerly attended Lorne Ave Public School in Old East Village will be starting classes at a new facility Tuesday morning.
East Carling Public School will welcome elementary students for the first time, after transforming over the summer from Bishop Townsend Public School.
The updated facility will welcome around 460 students, which is twice the capacity before renovations, and marks a new era after a long-fought battle to keep Lorne Ave and Bishop Townsend running separately.
“They were both running very, very well, and all of the staff and students were very familiar and did a great job together,” said Scott MacLean, who was part of the Save Lorne Ave group.
“Once that process was over, and Lorne Ave was closing and Bishop Townsend was being renovated, we really switched modes and it all became about making the transition as successful as possible for every kid in the school.”
Students between the two schools did some pen pal activities last year to get to know each other, and also prepared to begin taking a school bus for the first time, as the two schools are separated by the Quebec Street overpass.
MacLean says the facility is in good shape, but is disappointed the field is not ready for the students. Sod that was just recently laid will not be ready for student traffic until October.
“We should have been starting off with full access to the entire field, and have the kids really be able to roam and explore the entire facility as it’s intended.”