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NEWS: Nunavik July 21, 2014 - 6:18 am

Aupaluk’s new school slated to open in September 2016

Fire destroyed Nunavik community's only school last winter

SARAH ROGERS
Aupaluk's former municipal officers are now home to five temporary classrooms, until a new school is built. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KSB)
Aupaluk's former municipal officers are now home to five temporary classrooms, until a new school is built. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KSB)
Two school classroom are housed temporarily in Aupaluk’s Sukliateet Child Care Centre. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KSB)
Two school classroom are housed temporarily in Aupaluk’s Sukliateet Child Care Centre. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KSB)

The Kativik School Board says it hopes a new school in the Nunavik community of Aupaluk will be built and ready to accept students by September 2016.

A fire last March destroyed Tarsakallak school in the community of about 195 people.

But the completion of the new school depends on Quebec’s education department, which must approve a construction budget before any work can start.

Those negotiations are continuing, the KSB said.

As soon as the school board gets the go-ahead, the school board will issue a call for tenders in early 2015, with work to rebuild the school likely to begin in the summer of that year.

The new school would be built on the site where Tarsakallak school once stood.

On March 15, police and firefighters in Aupaluk were called to the fire at about 7:00 a.m. But with only a single water truck and most of the community’s volunteer firefighters out of town, the building burned to the ground by noon.

That left Tarsakallak’s 50 students and staff members without a school.

But the fire happened at the beginning of the school break, giving local and school board officials some time to find other places in town that could serve as temporary classrooms.

The KSB moved two classrooms into Aupaluk’s Sukliateet Child Care Centre, while five others are located at Aupaluk’s former municipal office.

Four additional temporary classrooms and a temporary physical exercise room will be built over the summer for use in the 2014-15 school year.
The cause of the fire has yet to be released, although investigators have ruled out any criminal act.

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