Work on an addition at St. Jean de Brebeuf should begin in the spring.
When it’s done, the administration offices will be moved and there will be five more classrooms.
The tender will be called later this month and construction should begin soon after that, said Hamilton Catholic school board chair Pat Daly.
He refrained from estimating a completion date.
“Clearly it will take a number of months. It’s a significant amount of work.”
“Clearly it will take a number of months,” said Daly. “It’s a significant amount of work.”
The addition will be constructed at the front of the school along Acadia Drive, extending from north of the current entryway south toward the parking lot. Administration offices will be housed in the addition; the five new classrooms will be in the corridor where administration and student services are currently located.
The work was originally planned for last summer, but there were delays in finalizing the design and getting the necessary approvals, said Daly.
The Ministry of Eduction approved $2.8 million for the addition in November 2015.
At the same time, work is set to begin on renovations of the auditorium and music classroom, including new practice rooms and instrument storage cabinets, and a universal washroom.
Enrolment at Brebeuf is about 1,500 and there are 20 portables on site.
The building is the former Southmount public high school, which opened its doors in September 1964. In 1985, the Catholic board took over the site as part of the provincial change to full funding of Catholic high schools for all grades. For a while, it shared the Acadia Drive building with French high school Georges P. Vanier.