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August 10, 2012
For immediate release
Drawings Unveiled of the future K-12 Souris School
Education and Early Childhood Development
The public can now view site drawings and floor plans of the future K-12 Souris School online, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.
“The $20 million facility will provide a beautiful, spacious and high quality learning environment that will meet the community’s needs for years to come,” said the Minister. “We were pleased to see so many people turn out yesterday to see the plans. For the first time, people were able to see what the school will look like, the programming it will offer students, and its many features.”
The K-12 school will be more than 120,000 square feet. More than half of the space will be new construction and the remaining space will be completely upgraded. Among the many features in the new space, there will be a new K-6 academic wing, band room, enhanced Career and Technology Education space, Arts Education space, two gymnasiums and upgraded green spaces. The school will also include a modern cafeteria with food services and culinary teaching area with culinary arts equipment for enhanced curriculum, as well as a modern greenhouse.
There are several Project Based Learning areas, wireless technology, improved resource and inclusive education areas, as well as a new administration area and parking for staff, public and students.
The renovated area will include a larger library, enhanced science labs, new windows throughout, ventilation systems and sprinkler systems and the electrical and plumbing systems will be replaced or upgraded as required.
“The goal is to encourage students and teachers to learn curriculum in a way that encourages creativity and lifelong learning,” said Minister McIsaac. “We are confident that the layout and the programming for the Souris K-12 school will inspire conversation, collaboration and critical thinking, which will help prepare students for challenges and opportunities in a competitive global economy.”
The planning and design for the school is done by W.D. Lawrence Architecture. Drawings were presented to the public at an open house yesterday evening. Members of the planning committee, architect, officials from the Eastern School District and engineers from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal were on hand to provide information, answer questions and hear feedback from residents regarding proposed floor plans and site drawings for the Souris K-12 school. Drawings and designs for the school can be found at www.edu.pe.ca. Those who were unable to attend the meeting and would like to submit their comments or suggestions can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2013 and the school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.