Province Funding Construction of New Schools, Gymnasiums

Two new elementary schools will soon be constructed as part of a multi-million dollar investment made by the province on Monday.

The Manitoba government is funding the construction of a new early-learning to Grade 8 elementary school in the city’s northwest area of Amber Trails, and another elementary school in Sage Creek, located in the city’s southeast.

The two projects come from the $94.2 million school capital budget, which will also fund the creation of gymnasiums and child-care facilities. It’s the largest such budget in the province’s history.

Enrolment in northwest Winnipeg has grown tremendously, creating the need for an additional school in the Seven Oaks School Division. It’s expected construction will be completed for a September 2013 opening.

Pre-design planning on Sage Creek’s elementary school will start in 2011-12. The school will begin with a stand-alone child-care facility as part of a new initiative to build more child-care facilities on school division property.

Work is also continuing on the design and construction of middle schools in La Broquerie, Schanzenfeld and Steinbach, high school projects in Winkler and Steinbach, and the replacement of Woodlands School with a new green school facility using sustainable building materials and methods.