MITCHELL, MAN. – The Government of Manitoba has announced a major addition to the Mitchell Elementary School in the Hanover school division, located southeast of Winnipeg.
Five new classrooms, a new library and a new multipurpose room are planned for the school, Manitoba Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen said in a statement.
“Our priority is to catch up with the needs of growing areas of the province and this expansion is much needed in Mitchell, where we’ve seen enrolment on the rise for the past 20 years. The school ran out of space and had to create learning environments in the library and hallways as a result. These students deserve a proper place to learn,” Goertzen added.
The approximately $4.2-million project will include an estimated 12,600 square feet of new space, with 2000 square feet of existing space renovated for resource spaces and improved educational support.
At a current enrollment of 450 students, the school is currently overcrowded and is using the current library as a classroom and has little space for guidance counselling or resource teaching support.
“We’re very pleased with this announcement, as we have seen consistent yearly student growth over many years and available school space has been stretched beyond capacity. This addition will enable the school to provide an improved learning environment for many students, and we thank the Manitoba government for recognizing this need and providing the funds for this project,” said Hanover school division board chair Ron Falk.
A prime consultant will be hired in early 2019 with the project going to tender and starting construction in late summer 2019, with an expected completion date of December 2020.