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Saskatoon city council approves looking at Optimist Park for school amalgamation

Optimist Park is a proposed site for an amalgamated school. Slavo Kutash / Global News

Saskatoon city council has voted to look at Optimist Park, and several other locations, as potential sites for a new school.

The Saskatoon Public School division wants to roll Princess Alexandra, King George and Pleasant Hill community schools into one; a move that’s raised concerns from parents in those neighbourhoods.

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Finding a location for this new amalgamated school has been a challenge. The original plan was to combine all three schools at a location around Princess Alexandra, but the division is looking at the possibility of building the school at Optimist Park, which the city owns.

“We’ve probably never seen a school division decision that will have this level of disruption to so many residents,” said Coun. Hilary Gough during the meeting.

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“We really need to lean into the experts here — who are the folks who live in these neighbourhoods who send their kids to these schools and who will send their kids to these schools in the future?”

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Council also voted to expand the search to underused lots in Saskatoon’s west industrial area.

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