July 25, 2014 1:08 pm

Repentigny school to proceed with soccer field on disputed land

Franklin-Hill Elementary School in Repentigny, Que.

Dominic Fazioli/Global News

REPENTIGNY – The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has announced it is going ahead with its plan to install a soccer field on a piece of land that a French school board wanted to build its new school on.

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The plot of land, located adjacent to Franklin Hill elementary school in Repentigny, had been approved for excavation at a board meeting in mid-June.

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The English school board says it has to start building the field now in order for it to be ready for the upcoming school year in September.

“The general contractor has surveyed the land, the pegs are up!” wrote Franklin-Hill on its Facebook page.

“The soccer field is finally on its way! Construction should start on Monday!”

It insists the remaining land will still be big enough for the Commission Scolaire des Affluents‘ new French school.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier is now in the process of acquiring the necessary municipal permits for the project and the contractor has apparently already started putting its excavation equipment on the site.

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The contract for the soccer field is expected to cost $89,000.

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