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Milestone for Brandon education shows PC government’s commitment to public schools: Isleifson
Construction of Brandon’s new public school is set to begin after the Brandon School Division awarded a tender this week to a Manitoba construction company. Winnipeg-based Fresh Projects will start work this winter on the kindergarten to Grade 8 school on Maryland Avenue in southeast Brandon.
“I’m very pleased to see this important project reach this milestone, with construction about to get underway,” said Len Isleifson, MLA for the Brandon East constituency, which includes the school site. “This school shows our Progressive Conservative government’s commitment to quality public education, as we respond to Manitoba’s need for new schools that was ignored by the previous NDP government.”
Scheduled to open by September 2020, the $22.4-million school will be constructed for 450 students as well as for a child-care centre for 54 pre-school children and 20 infants. The 65,700-square-foot building will accommodate a future addition of eight classrooms to bring the school’s total capacity to 675 students.
The school will have a multi-purpose space, band room, library, gymnasium, home economics and industrial arts facilities, in addition to a science, technology, electronics and mathematics (STEM) laboratory. Its design by consultant MCM Architects is aimed at achieving LEED Silver and Manitoba Hydro Power Smart energy targets.
The Brandon facility is one of five new schools to be built in Manitoba by 2020, as the PC government supports school capital projects with a $129.5-million investment. Since January 2018, Manitoba Education and Training has authorized school divisions to enter contracts to construct or renovate more than 400,000 square feet of space at 11 schools.
This commitment contrasts with the 17 years of mismanagement under the NDP, which led to more than 480 portable classrooms in Manitoba and over $485 million in deferred school maintenance.