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Manitoba breaks ground on new K-8 school

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Manitoba breaks ground on new K-8 school
BRANDON SCHOOL DIVISION - Crews begin work on Maryland Park School in Brandon, Man. The school, scheduled to be complete in late 2020, will serve students from kindergarten to grade eight.

Brandon, Man. – Crews have broken ground on a new school in Brandon, Man. Maryland Park School will serve students from kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the city’s southeast.

“We are delivering on our promise to build a new school in Brandon to accommodate the tremendous growth that has happened here over the past 20 years,” said Premier Brian Pallister during a ground-breaking ceremony at the school site this month.  “Today, as we break ground for Maryland Park School, we are taking another important step to address that need.”

The province is contributing $24.1 million for the 65,700-sq.-ft. facility at Maryland Avenue and Ninth Street. The design will facilitate 450 students but has the ability to handle additional 200 as the city grows.

The school will also feature a child-care centre with 74 – 54 for preschool children and 20 for infants. The centre will also provide flexible care to 40 nursery, preschool, and before-and after-school students.

Students at the school will be able to take advantage of its multi-purpose space, band room, library, gymnasium, classrooms, home economics and industrial arts labs, a grooming room and life-skills suite. 

The design also includes resource teaching and support spaces and a science, technology, electronics and mathematics (STEM) lab.

The school district is aiming to achieve LEED silver certification on the project and hit Manitoba Hydro energy targets.

“The people of Brandon applaud the province for making the right decision in investing in a new school for Brandon,” said Linda Ross, chairperson for Brandon School Division, in a press release.  “I would like to further acknowledge the efforts of Brandon’s MLAs as well as those of city council and the Brandon community at large in advocating for this much needed new educational facility.  Students living in this newly developed area of Brandon South will have the community school they deserve, and current pressures on capacity in kindergarten to Grade 8 schools across Brandon will be alleviated.”

The school is slated to open to students in fall 2020. It is one of seven new school the province has underway.

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