Premier Brian Pallister has unveiled additional details about the new kindergarten to Grade 8 school in southeast Brandon during a visit to the new school site at Maryland Avenue and Ninth Street.
The new 65,660-sq.-ft. English school will be constructed for 450 students with ability to expand to a capacity of 675 students, and will include:
- a child-care centre for 20 infants and 54 preschool children;
- 40 nursery school spaces;
- 14 regular classrooms and kindergarten rooms, and dedicated art, band and science rooms;
- a science, technology, electronics and math (STEM) lab;
- life-skills and resource teaching and guidance suites, and an English as an additional language room;
- library and gymnasium;
- a home-economics lab; and
- an industrial arts (manufacturing / construction) shop.
The new school is currently being designed and a tender for construction will be issued in November, the premier said. Construction is expected to be completed for the beginning of the school year in September 2020, he added.
“The board of trustees is delighted that the province made the decision to invest in a new school in Brandon, and we are so pleased that the planning process is moving forward quickly,” said Dr. Linda Ross, board chair, Brandon School Division.
Minister of Education and Training Ian Wishart confirmed the province is proceeding with construction of seven new schools, which will create capacity for 4,425 students and 540 child-care spaces. Earlier this month, the province initiated the design phase for the Brandon, Seven Oaks and Winnipeg school division projects when it selected prime consultants through a competitive process. The two new schools in Pembina Trails (Waverley West) will proceed to design early in 2019.