Dec. 18, 2007
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Architectural drawings were unveiled today for a major expansion and renovation project at Bayside Middle School in School District 8 in Saint John.
"One of our goals for a self-sufficient New Brunswick is to make strategic investments in education in order to strengthen and transform our workforce," Supply and Services Minister Roly MacIntyre said. "When complete, this project will represent a $5.2 million total investment in the education system in the Saint John region. Phase one construction will begin in the spring of 2008. This will include building a new 738 sq. m. (8,200 sq. ft.) gymnasium to be finished by September of 2009."
Phase two of the project involves converting the school's old gymnasium into a cafeteria and classroom space. Phase 3 work will include corridor upgrading and the installation of a new sprinkler system throughout the school.
About $3.1 million has been allocated for the project in the 2008-2009 fiscal year as part of the province's capital budget for the Department of Education.
"One of the commitments in When kids come first is to create healthy and safe schools," Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said. "Bayside School has served the students and teachers very well for over half a century, and the time has come to renovate the facility. Providing a modern school where students learn and teachers teach shows our commitment to build the best education system in Canada."
Steen Knorr Architecture Inc. of Saint John has been commissioned by Supply and Services to complete the planning and design. An open house for the unveiling of the architectural drawings was held today at the school, hosted by School District 8.
Built in 1949, Bayside Middle School accommodates approximately 700 students in Grades 6-8. The expansion and renovation project will allow the school to provide improved gym and cafeteria facilities to better accommodate a recent amalgamation of the student population in the district.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications officer, Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Jason Humphrey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.