Oct. 16, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A public-private partnership (P3) will see the new Eleanor W. Graham Middle School in Rexton and the new Moncton North School in Moncton being packaged into one project, Supply and Services Minister Jack Keir announced today.
"Our intent is to have a private-sector partner complete the design, construct, finance, operate and maintain both schools," Keir said. "In this way we are creating efficiencies for the province, and we are offering developers an opportunity to be competitive and bid on an attractive, larger-scale project. Both new schools will represent a significant investment in our education system as we work to build our future workforce for a stronger, more self-sufficient province."
The Eleanor W. Graham Middle School will be 582 sq. metres (5,798 sq. ft.) in size, and will be constructed at a 10.8-hectare (27-acre) site on Albany Road off Route 134. Built in one level, the school will be modern, energy efficient, and designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which is the industry standard used to measure green building performance in Canada. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2009, with completion by September 2010.
Early design work has been carried out in conjunction with plans for the new kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in Moncton North.
"This is an exciting announcement for New Brunswickers in these two communities," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock. "We've committed to build a quality education system where kids come first. Providing a quality learning environment for our students is an important part of our commitment."
The P3 will follow a two-stage selection process. Later this month a call for expressions of interest will be issued, from which a short list of proponents will be selected. Proponents who have qualified for the short list will be invited to participate in a second-stage request for proposals, from which a private sector partner will be identified to build both schools.
The Eleanor W. Graham Middle School will accommodate 350 students in grades 6-8 from the Rexton and Richibucto areas, and the Elsipogtog First Nation. The new facility will have 13 classrooms, a large gymnasium and cafeteria, three special education classrooms, a library and resource centre, science and technology labs, a music room and art room, and a native cultural centre.
It will replace the 57-year-old Eleanor Graham Middle School in Richibucto, which currently does not provide barrier-free access to the disabled, and has a gymnasium and building operating systems that do not meet modern standards for an educational facility.
The land was purchased for $87,000.
The province has also purchased 8.8 hectares (22 acres) of land on Ryan Road in Moncton for $1.2 million for construction of the new Moncton North School.
It will be built in two levels, and will be about 814 sq. metres (9,041 sq. ft.) in size. It will have 27 classrooms, two large gymnasiums and cafeteria, one special education classroom, a resource centre, science and technology labs, an art room and music room, and student services area. The school will also be designed and constructed to meet the LEED silver standard for green buildings.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications officer, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Jordan O'Brien, director of communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.