Aug. 7, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has selected the the development firm Scotia Learning Centres Inc. of Halifax as the preferred proponent to build new schools in Rexton and Moncton North. The company would build, operate, and maintain the schools under a public-private-partnership. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement today.
"I am very pleased to announce that Scotia Learning Centres Inc. has been selected as the preferred proponent for the construction of these important new facilities in Moncton and Rexton," said Doherty. "Scotia Learning Centres Inc. has joined with a number of New Brunswick companies in its proposal, and the construction of these schools will provide students with a more modern spacious learning environment and be an important stimulus to our economy."
A final agreement will be negotiated over the next 30 days. Once this is in place, construction will begin later this summer. The schools are scheduled for completion for the 2010 school year.
"Today's students will be tomorrow's leaders, and we must ensure that they have the skills they need to succeed in the economy of the 21st century," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "Investing in schools is an important component in ensuring we have a well-educated population that will contribute to a self-sufficient New Brunswick."
The successful proponent will be responsible for the design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of the two schools.
As part of the Government of New Brunswick's Green Buildings Program, both schools have been designed to achieve a silver rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating system used to measure green building performance in Canada.
The Eleanor W. Graham Middle School will be built on Albany Road in Rexton. It will cover 5,574 sq. metres (60,000 sq. feet) and accommodate 350 students. The facility will include:
The Moncton North School will be built on Ryan Road in Moncton. It will cover 10,219 sq. metres (110,000 sq. feet) in size and accommodate 650 students from kindergarten to Grade 8. The facility will include:
Members of the Scotia Learning Centres Inc. team include:
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.