School board still nursing idea of Walker addition

The Rainy River District School Board met in Rainy River yesterday evening and topping the agenda was discussion on the possibility of building an addition on the J.W. Walker School to house the Fort Frances Nursery School.
Board vice-chair Dan Belluz reported the cost for the addition
could be as high as $200,000. But he noted the biggest problem
facing the Fort Frances Nursery School is, “That they do not have any
capital.”
At present, they are using space at Alexander MacKenzie School at a
cost of $250 per month.
They hope to continue that relationship if the board has space for them, with the nursery school’s optimal desire being to have the addition on J.W. Walker.
Belluz told the board the architect would need to know by early December if the addition project is a go.
Superintendent of Education Terry Ellwood said he feels the nursery
school backers are full of optimism about the idea.
“They are going to go back to their board and explore their fundraising options,” he said. “They are confident that they can raise it [the capital] and pay it off in about two years.”
Until the nursery school gets back to the school board, things are in a
holding pattern.
However, the board did give a notice of motion recommending approval, in principle, of the building of an addition to J.W. Walker with the condition that an acceptable financial and operational agreement, at no cost to the board, can be signed between them.
The nursery school is set to meet this Monday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m. at Alexander MacKenzie to discuss its next steps now that the board has agreed in principle to pursue the addition option.

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