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Construction begun on Souris K-12 school

Jun 4 2013

Manager of building design and construction Tyler Richardson, left, English Language School Board chair Fred Osborne, centre, and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac join Grade 8 students of Souris Regional High School to kick off the construction of the K-12 school.

Construction begun on Souris K-12 school. The Guardian 04 June 2013

Construction has begun to turn the Souris high school into a kindergarten to Grade 12 school for the 2014-15 school year.

The provincial government is spending $20 million on the project, which includes more than 120,000 square feet of space, a new K-6 academic wing, a culinary teaching area, enhanced IT and trades spaces, two gymnasiums and three playgrounds.

“This is an exciting milestone for students, teachers, staff and parents of Souris Consolidated and Souris Regional High School,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac. “We are pleased to be one step closer to providing a beautiful, spacious and high-quality learning environment that will meet the community’s needs for years to come.”

More than half of the space in the K-12 school will be new construction and the remaining space will be completely upgraded.

The project faced some controversy because government originally promised the Eastern Kings region a new school. But when the planning committee presented government with a $24.8-million plan, the province said it would only foot the bill for a $20-million renovation instead.

Over the past year, the planning committee developed the preliminary design and space requirements. The committee included two principals and teachers from both Souris schools, three representatives from the Eastern School District as well as parent representatives and departmental staff.

The first phase of construction, which began in May, includes the new K-6 wing, a cafetorium, culinary Space, and admin and music wing, a ibrary, new siding and windows.

The planning and design for the school was done by W.D. Lawrence Architecture. APM Construction Services is the construction manager for the project.

The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, with final site work to be completed over the spring and summer of 2015


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