The Grand Erie District School Board is recommending the closing of Elgin Avenue public school and the expansion of West Lynn.
In a report set to be discussed on Monday, the school board looked at the costs associated with gutting Elgin and weighed their options.
Earlier this year, it was discovered that their plans to renovate the school came in roughly $6-million over budget.
In the report it said this ultimately lead to the school board having two choices: return government funding and seek money to build a new school or consider a previous motion made during the Accommodation Review process and expand West Lynn to house the students of Elgin.
It says in the report that West Lynn would need to be expanded to fit 140 additional students and would require grading, fencing, added parking, and new bus and parent drop-offs.
This new proposal would include the childcare addition which was part of the renovation design of Elgin.
Based on the Ministry of Education benchmarks, the capital provided for the 140 pupil places would be approximately $2.7 million with additional site works plus renewal upgrades coming in at $2.6 million.
The only cost unknown would be the purchase of additional land for this expansion.
Without knowing that cost, it still comes in at $5.3 million, well under Elgin’s original target of $8.6 million.
The school board meeting takes place on Monday starting at 7:15 p.m.