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Message from Minister Jody Carr & Minister Claude Williams
Our government strongly believes that our students require a modern, safe and dynamic learning environment, complete with all of the tools teachers need to enrich their educational experience.
And when it comes to Metro Moncton-area students, our government believes they deserve an environment like this one as soon as possible.
Many of you will recall that in the days leading up to our government’s swearing-in, Moncton High School was closed following the discovery of a number of structural issues and health and safety concerns. Its 1300 students were relocated in alternate school locations across the city, displacing students and staff from Northrop Frye Middle School, Edith Cavell Elementary School, Evergreen Park Elementary School and Queen Elizabeth School.
Moncton High School’s sudden closure in the fall of 2010 was not an easy situation for the hundreds of parents and students, and teachers and staff who were impacted.
In October 2010, as a government, we knew we had to make decisions and take action. Three things were abundantly clear, based on the feedback we were getting at the time, the community wanted: 1) the situation fixed as quickly as possible, 2) the least number of students impacted, especially elementary-aged students, and 3) a safe and healthy learning environment for all Moncton area students, teachers and support staff.
We also had to take into consideration an architect’s preliminary findings indicating that stabilizing the tower and auditorium as required, only to allow for demolition of the remainder of the school to rebuild on site, would total $10 million alone – a price tag the people of New Brunswick couldn’t afford.
Our government’s decision to build a new modern school addressed all three of the community’s primary concerns in financially responsible way, while at the same time guaranteeing that the existing Moncton High School would remain an important architectural building in the community.
We are committed to the preservation of this building. A Request for Proposals has been issued and we will continue working with officials at the City of Moncton and the Heritage Board as this project moves forward.
Last spring we undertook an extensive process to locate appropriate land for the construction of a new modern high school in Moncton. After considering more than 20 possible sites, we announced the purchase of 35 acres on Elmwood Drive. This property offers many benefits and a lower cost per acre than other properties examined.
The educational specifications have been approved and design and site work has begun but there is still a lot to do. Progress updates will be provided on a regular basis through this site. We invite you to visit often.