April 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The tender to build the new $14-million school in New Bandon has been awarded to Castle Rock Construction Services Inc. of Saint John. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement today.
"Site work is underway, and construction of the school is ongoing," said Doherty. "We are very pleased to build a new school to accommodate the students of this area, while at the same time, stimulating the local economy through construction."
The school is being built on 11 ha (28 acres) in New Bandon along Route 8 midway between Boiestown and Doaktown.
"We are excited to move forward on building a modern and environmentally friendly school for middle and high school students," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock.
The school will accommodate 350 students in grades 6-12 and is expected to open in the fall of 2010. It will replace Doaktown Primary School and Upper Miramichi Regional High, built in 1925 and 1949, respectively.
The one-storey school will have 12 classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, technology and science labs, a music room and a visual arts room. Two rooms will be available for mentoring students, as well as two team teaching rooms, a student services area, two rooms for vocational technology and training, a room to assist students with exceptional challenges, and two rooms for after-school, student or adult education programs.
The school will be divided into two wings, one for middle school students and one for high school students. A special feature in each wing will be a centrally located, open work area where students may get together to do group assignments. It will also house a community library.
The building will be energy efficient and will contain green features to promote an abundance of natural light and water use reduction.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.