Nov. 13, 2009
BALMORAL (CNB) - The first contract for construction of a new school in eastern Restigouche County has been awarded, and work is underway.
The $455,000 contract has been awarded to Design Built Mechanical Inc. of Charlo, and will include installation of geothermal wells and site preparation work.
"I am very excited to see work underway on this new, $14-million state-of-the-art school for the children of this region," said Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. "This work is really just the beginning - we expect construction to get into full swing next spring, and have the school's doors open to students for the 2011-12 school year."
Doherty and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative, visited the site earlier this week.
"This school is designed with 21st century learning in mind," said Arseneault. "It will equip our students with the knowledge they need to find success when they join our province's workforce and assist us in achieving our goal of self-sufficiency."
The school is one of the province's first to be built as part of Microsoft's Partners in Learning program, which means that educators will have access to an innovative schools network, an online community complete with teaching aides, professional development tools, and a live web portal to share best practices in education with other teachers around the world. It also provides new tools to enrich student projects in the classroom.
The new facility will be 6,060 sq. metres (65,206 sq. ft.) in size, and will include 16 classrooms, two kindergarten classrooms, a green classroom, a music room, an art and science room, a technology room, a cafeteria and kitchen, a resource centre, and an administration centre, as well as a large gymnasium, which is due to a fundraising effort throughout the region.
Arseneault also referred to the economic benefits of the project.
"Our region has seen more than its share of tough times recently," he said. "Our government is pursuing all means possible to get projects such as this one underway quickly in order to create employment and revitalize our local economy. To this end, I'm pleased to say that this project alone will generate about 125 jobs over its construction period."
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.