Study for new East Bathurst school to proceed

A study to determine whether there's enough of a population to support a new Francophone school in East Bathurst will proceed.

The City of Bathurst and the Francophone North-East School District will share the cost of the sociolinguistic study, though the exact amount and how it will be divided will be determined at a later date.

Mayor Paolo Fongemie says that part of the city is the only area with space left for residential development and that replacing the nearly 75 year old Assomption Academy could help attract young families to that part of the city.

Though the number of Francophones in the city has declined since the last census, from 50 per cent to 32 per cent.

Fongemie tells the Northern Light he feels it's Bathurst's responsibility to preserve culture and language, and that a new school may be a way to do it.

The study is expected to take a few months to complete.

(with files from the Northern Light)