Oct. 30, 2008
NEW BANDON (CNB) - A sod-turning ceremony was held today to begin the construction of a new, $14-million school in New Bandon between Boiestown and Doaktown.
The ceremony was attended by Education Minister Kelly Lamrock, Southwest Miramichi MLA Rick Brewer, officials from School District 18, and members of the community.
"This project demonstrates our commitment to improve our schools and build the best education system in the country," said Lamrock. "Site preparation is underway for Phase 1. We expect tenders for foundations and steel will be awarded in the next few weeks, with construction to begin in late fall."
The 2008-09 capital budget for the Department of Education allocated $4 million for construction of the school. It is being built on one level on 11.2 ha (28 acres) along Route 8 in New Bandon. ADI Ltd. of Fredericton has been commissioned as the architectural firm for planning and design.
The school will accommodate 350 students in grades 6 through 12 and is expected to open in the fall of 2010. Its construction will allow for the replacement of two old school buildings including Doaktown Primary School (1925) and Upper Miramichi Regional High School (1949).
The facility will include:
The school will be divided into two wings, one for middle school students and another for high school students. A special feature in each wing will be a centrally located, open work area where students can do group assignments.
Funding of $300,000, provided through the Regional Development Corporation, will be used towards the creation of a new community library in the new school.
The building will be energy-efficient and contain green features to promote an abundance of natural light and a reduction in water use.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Jordan O'Brien, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.