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Elementary school expansion underway in P.E.I.

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Elementary school expansion underway in P.E.I.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Construction is underway on the 16,300-square-foot L.M. Montgomery Elementary School expansion project near Charlottetown, P.E.I.

The build includes 10 new classrooms, a large activity room, which will be half the size of an elementary gym, student breakout rooms, a new teacher planning centre and added washrooms, explains a release.

The addition will create space for 160 additional students and is expected to be completed in August 2019.

“The $5.3 million expansion of L.M. Montgomery Elementary will enhance teaching and learning by current students while making room for future student population growth,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan in a statement.

The L.M. Montgomery addition was designed by Chandler Architecture Inc. Site and foundation work is being done by WM&M 1993 Ltd.

According to the release, the project timeline remains on track and the second tender package is slated to go out this month for the remainder of the construction work.

Most of the construction will take place outside of the existing school, which will minimize disruption for students and staff.

A construction planning committee, which included representatives of the education and transportation departments, Public Schools Branch, the school and the Home and School Association, provided input for the design of the project.

The recommendation to expand L.M. Montgomery Elementary was made by the Public Schools Branch board of directors following a recent school review, which was conducted to address school capacity issues over the next five years.

L.M. Montgomery Elementary was built in 1983 and its current enrolment is 438 students.

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