Released on September 13, 2016Today Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan joined school division officials to tour the joint-use schools in Saskatoon and area. The construction of 12 new elementary schools on six joint-use sites in Saskatoon, Martensville and Warman are on schedule with completion expected for summer 2017.
“It’s great to see how much work has been completed and to get a sense of what the schools will look like when classes officially begin,” Morgan said. “We would like to thank our school division, municipal and construction partners for their tireless efforts during the design and construction phase to ensure that these schools will be completed on-time and on-budget.”
Officials toured the public and Catholic schools in Saskatoon’s Stonebridge community and in Warman today.
“It’s hard to imagine that one year ago we were just turning the sod on these school sites,” Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Board of Education chair Diane Boyko said. “Now, with structures in place, it’s easy for us to imagine the sounds of construction being replaced with the sounds of excited and enthusiastic children at school in just one year’s time.”
“The excitement is building for our four new public schools that will help us serve families in Evergreen, Hampton Village, Rosewood and Stonebridge,” Saskatoon Public Schools Board Chair Ray Morrison said. “With the innovative design features, each school will provide supportive learning spaces for elementary students. We look forward to opening these schools, which will be the future heart of these communities.”
“Prairie Spirit is pleased with the progress at Traditions Elementary School in Warman and Lake Vista Public School in Martensville,” Prairie Spirit Board of Education Chair Larry Pavloff said. “We look forward to opening these two new schools for students next fall.”
Saskatoon’s schools will be located in Hampton Village, Evergreen, Rosewood and Stonebridge; the Warman schools will be built in the Traditions neighbourhood; and the Martensville schools in Lake Vista. Six more schools are also being built on three joint-use sites in Regina. Joint Use Mutual Partnership is the consortium of companies that is designing, building, financing and maintaining all 18 schools on nine joint-use sites. Construction began in September 2015.
The schools will accommodate more than 11,000 students from Prekindergarten to Grade 8 at full design capacity, which includes more than 5,700 students in Saskatoon, 2,100 students in Martensville and Warman, and 3,300 students in Regina. Each joint-use school will contain a 90-space child care centre as well as community space. Joint-use schools are co-owned by the public and Catholic school divisions.
Since 2007, the province has committed approximately $1.4 billion toward 65 major school capital projects and numerous smaller projects such as portable classrooms and preventative maintenance and renewal.
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