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May 31, 2013
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Construction moves forward on Souris K-12 school

Education and Early Childhood Development

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Construction has now begun on the $20 million Souris K-12 School, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“This is an exciting milestone for students, teachers, staff and parents of Souris Consolidated and Souris Regional High School,” said the minister. “We are pleased to be one step closer to providing a beautiful, spacious and high quality learning environment that will meet the community’s needs for years to come.”

The K-12 school will include 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 its many features, the school will have a new K-6 academic wing, a culinary teaching area, enhanced IT and trades spaces, two gymnasiums and three playgrounds.

Over the past year, the planning committee developed the preliminary design and space requirements. Their work focussed on ensuring that students will have access to all the programs and services necessary for an exceptional educational experience. The committee included two principals and teachers from both Souris schools, three representatives from the Eastern School District as well as parent representatives and departmental staff.

The planning and design for the school was done by W.D. Lawrence Architecture. APM Construction Services is the construction manager for the project.

Construction will be done over five phases:

Phase 1 (May 2013 - July 2014):

K-6 Wing, Cafetorium, Culinary Space, Admin/Music Wing, Library, new siding and windows

Phase 2 (May - December 2014):

Motor vehicle repair addition, 7-12 Gym addition, renovation of the existing two-storey structure between the gym and the Cafetorium

Phase 3 (May-September 2014):

Renovation of existing gym plus Instructor’s office

Phase 4 (June - August 2014):

Renovation of the three floors of the existing school

Phase 5 (January - March 2015):

Renovation of shop areas, change room areas for K-6 gym, teachers’ Lounge (3rd floor area above shops)

The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, with final site work to be completed over the Spring-Summer of 2015.

Media Contact: Laura Steeves
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