BLAINE LAKE, SASK.—Graham Construction crews have broken ground on a new school in Blaine Lake, Sask.
“It is exciting to see construction begin on this new school that will serve the community of Blaine Lake for decades to come,” said Premier Scott Moe in a statement. “Investing in rural infrastructure is a priority for our government, and this state-of-the-art facility will not only provide an outstanding learning environment for students and staff, but it will also serve as a gathering place for the community.”
The province will contribute nearly $14 million towards the project, which will replace the Blaine Lake Composite School. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023. Once finished, the new school will accommodate approximately 150 students from kindergarten to grade 12.
The school’s larger gym will host both school and community events. It will feature a versatile stage with a folding wall that will give it the ability to be a separate space from the gym.
The landscaping surrounding the school has been designed to encourage outdoor classroom opportunities. Some of the highlights include plants that are native to the area and can be used for teaching and a learning plaza which will include a rock circle.
The Prairie Spirit School Division is contributing to the Industrial Arts Space for the project, which will include both woodworking and welding areas.
“On behalf of the Prairie Spirit Board of Education and local trustees Pam Wieler and Kimberly Greyeyes, I would like to thank the premier and the provincial government for the investment in a new school to serve our students in the Blaine Lake community,” said Bernie Howe, prairie spirit board chair said. “We are eagerly anticipating the opening of this exciting new school facility which will provide a supportive, innovative and accessible learning environment for our students for many years to come.”