A classroom crunch in the Winnipeg School Division is going to get worse before it gets better.
The division needs two new schools but it could be years before they’re built.
“Something like this could take 8-10 years before it actually happens,” explains division chair Mark Wasyliw. “We submit a list every year of our top five building priorities. Depending on the politics and government of the day, it sort of determines when your school gets built.”
Wasilyiw says the number one priority is for a high school in northwest Winnipeg, where new subdivisions are going in.
A school in south River Heights for Grade 8 and under is second on the list.
“We’re not the only school division that needs new schools. Our schools are filling up, we’re almost getting to capacity and I know other school divsions are the same way. There’s not a lot of empty schools out there.”
Wasyliw believes that their fate lies in the hands of whoever gets into power in this month’s election.
“It’s all politics. It’s a priority of provincial government. Government could come in tomorrow and say, ‘OK, we’re going to build these schools.’ Others will make us wait longer.”
Wasyliw makes it clear that while there is a big demand for new schools in the city, time is not on anyone’s side.