Released on November 20, 2015Today Education Minister Don Morgan joined students, teachers, members of the community and representatives from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools to officially celebrate the expansion and renovation of Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School. The Government of Saskatchewan has committed more than $13 million toward this facility.
“This was an important project for our government that will contribute to the success of Saskatoon's only fine arts school and the many great programs it offers students,” Morgan said. “We understand that in order to give students and families in Saskatchewan a great quality of life, we need to ensure that we’re meeting the demands of growth by investing in our schools.”
Upgrades to the elementary school include a new gymnasium, dance studio, music room, art room, learning centre, science lab and renovated classrooms.
“For parents, students and staff in this community, this renovation has been a long time coming,” Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Board Chair Diane Boyko said. “There were many meetings with members of the school, the school community council and the ministry to discuss when this would come to fruition. We are thankful for the government’s investment in the only fine arts school in our division. The expansion and upgrades give students and staff what they need to excel in core education and learning – all in a setting that inspires and allows their artistic expression to flourish.”
"We wanted to create an arts-rich learning environment, but we needed a facility to make a true school-wide commitment,” Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School Principal Don Remizowski said. “Now with a wonderful addition to our school, we can simply state: The Arts Happen Here."
Georges Vanier School is designed for a K-8 enrolment of 375 students.
Since 2007, the government has committed approximately $966 million toward 65 major school capital projects and numerous smaller projects such as portable classrooms and preventative maintenance and renewal.
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