On March 15, a fire destroyed Tarsakallak School — the only school in the Nunavik community.
Two weeks later, students went back to class in two makeshift classrooms at the Sukliateet Child Care Centre and five more in the community’s former municipal office.
Next year, the Kativik School Board plans to add more provisional learning space using a temporary building that will be shipped up over the summer.
Jade Bernier, the public relations officer for the board, says it will have four more classrooms and a gymnasium, which will allow teachers to reintroduce sports and other extracurricular activities.
“These haven't taken place as they were before, but we're hoping that with the new physical exercise room, this can start again in the fall."
New school for 2016
Meanwhile, plans are underway to build a new school where the old one once stood.
Bernier says the school board is planning to begin work next summer, and have the doors open by fall 2016.
But that’s subject to approval of the construction budget by Quebec’s Ministry of Education.