New school in Kamloops will get designed, but not scheduled to be built

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KAMLOOPS - Funding for some architectural designs have been approved by the Kamloops-Thompson school board, but that doesn't meana new school will be built anytime soon.

District facilities director Art McDonald says design work for a potential new school in Kamloops will be happening, but whether the project goes further is unclear as no funding for the actual structure has been mentioned.

“All that’s happening is the ministry is giving us money to compare construction techniques,” he says. “We’re hiring an architect to look at what the school could look like.”

The designs will give the district and ministry an idea of what a new school in the Pineview area might cost, McDonald says, but that's where things stand currently.

“We haven’t received confirmation on funding on any of our capital projects,” he says.

McDonald says since the school district hasn’t heard by now about any of new projects from the annual capital plan list, it’s unlikely any of them have been approved.

While there are capacity issues for some of the city’s elementary schools, the district’s top replacement project remains South Kamloops Secondary school, which faces age and size issues.

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