Nov 2, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - A sod-turning was held today to mark the official start of construction of a new K-8 school in Moncton. The school is expected to be complete for the second term of the 2010-11 academic year.
"Our government is committed to creating the opportunities to learn, which means we must design our new facilities with the requirements of 21st century learning in mind," said Premier Shawn Graham. "I am very pleased that this spacious, energy-efficient, state-of-the-art school will facilitate the achievement of our students' educational goals here in Moncton."
Graham was joined at the ceremony by Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Michael Murphy, representatives of School District 2, Brunswick Learning Centres Inc., and Bird Design-Build Ltd.
The school, to be located on Ryan Road in the north of the city, is being built as part of a public-private partnership with Brunswick Learning Centres Inc. It will cover 10,219 sq. metres (110,000 sq. feet) and accommodate 650 students.
The school will include: 27 classrooms; a literacy support room; a resource centre; a technology education room; a cafeteria and kitchen; a science room; two gymnasiums; two music rooms; two visual arts rooms; two resource teaching rooms; and three team teaching rooms.
As part of the government's Green Buildings Program, the school has been designed to achieve a silver rating under the Principles of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), a rating system used to measure green building performance in Canada.
"Our government's Plan for a Stronger Economy includes an unprecedented $1.2 billion investment in strategic infrastructure over the next two years," said Graham. "Over and above that amount, we're leveraging this $40 million capital investment from the private sector with Brunswick Learning Centres Inc., which will develop the Moncton North and Eleanor W. Graham Middle schools and will provide even further benefits to New Brunswickers in terms of additional employment and stimulus to the local economy during these challenging times."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-476-0867; Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.