March 2, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The next step in creating one of two innovative schools announced last month to put New Brunswick on the leading edge of classroom innovation and technology has been taken.
The departments of Education and Supply and Services announced today that eight hectares (20 acres) of land have been purchased for the construction of an environmentally friendly, innovative school to serve students in Balmoral, Eel River Crossing and Dundee.
"Today's purchase of land is another step forward in our plan to build an innovative and high-tech school for the students and communities of East Restigouche," said Minister of Education Kelly Lamrock. "The new school will also break new ground as a green building."
The school will be part of Microsoft's worldwide Partners in Learning program, which integrates new technologies and learning experiences into the classroom to enrich students' education.
The school will also be designed as a green school as part of the Department of Supply and Services' Green Buildings Program, which focuses on investing in energy-efficient infrastructure development.
"We are very pleased to announce the purchase of land needed for the construction of a new $12.5-million school for the East Restigouche region," said Minister of Supply and Services Ed Doherty. "The new green school will be a great asset for this region, and will be constructed as an environmentally sustainable green building."
The school will be a modern, energy-efficient structure designed to achieve a Silver rating under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a rating system used by industry to measure green building performance in Canada.
"We are excited to move this project forward, and develop the plans to build a modern school that provides students with an environmentally friendly setting, and classrooms that use new technological and pedagogical tools to enrich their education," said Lamrock.
The school will serve about 340 kindergarten-to-Grade-8 students from the communities of Dundee, Eel River Crossing and Balmoral, and will replace École Le Coin-des-Amis in Dundee, École Le Domaine-des-Copains in Balmoral, and École Arthur-Pinet in Eel River Crossing.
The land is on the Mountain Brook Road in Balmoral, and is being purchased for $159,920.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ashley Bursey, communications, Communications New Brunswick, 506-457-7903; Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.