Oct. 16, 2009
NEW BANDON (CNB) - Construction is underway at Central New Brunswick Academy, a new school scheduled to open for the 2010-11 academic year. Premier Shawn Graham and Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer visited the site today.
"This state-of-the-art facility reflects our government's focus on creating the best opportunities for our students to learn," said Graham. "This school will provide students with an environment where they can be creative and develop the skills they need to build their futures in a self-sufficient New Brunswick."
The 6,317 sq.-metre (68,000-sq.-ft.) school is being built to accommodate 275 students from grades six to 12. With more than 60 workers presently on-site, construction is scheduled for completion in early summer.
"This project has provided important stimulus to our local economy during these challenging times," said Brewer. "This facility is meant to benefit the entire upper Miramichi region, and it will be real treat for staff, students, and all of the surrounding communities when its doors are opened next fall."
Brewer attended on behalf of Education Minister Roland Haché.
The school will include 12 classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, technology and science labs, a music room and a visual arts room. Additionally, there will be two rooms for mentoring students, two rooms for team-teaching, a student services area, two rooms for vocational technology and training, and two rooms for after-school, student or adult education programs.
The school will be divided into two wings, one each for middle school students and high school students. A special feature of each wing will be a centrally located, open work area where students may get together to do group assignments. The school will also feature a community library.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.