New 600-student school in Winnipegs Waterford Green area to open in 2020

New 600-student school in Winnipeg\s Waterford Green area to open in 2020
Winnipeg School Division set to get first new school in 25 years
Parents in the northwest Winnipeg neighbourhood of Waterford Green now know when their new school will open its doors.

The province announced details Thursday about the yet-to-be-built  school, expected to open in time for the 2020 school year.

The school will be built on a lot on Jefferson Avenue east of King Edward Street in the Waterford Green neighbourhood, which is just south of Jefferson in the Inkster Gardens area.

"Families in this growing neighbourhood can look forward to a high-quality, modern learning environment," said Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen in a release.

Design work on the new kindergarten to Grade 8 school, originally announced in January 2016, is nearing completion, the province said Thursday, and a tender for construction should be released at the end of November.

The 76,430-square-foot school will be dual-track, with room for 600 English and French immersion students. It will be able to accommodate up to nine more classrooms, adding room for 225 more students if needed.

"It's got room to grow," said Premier Brian Pallister during Thursday's announcement. "Just like Winnipeg is growing, so too do our schools need to be designed so that they can grow too, so that more students are able to get educated in a really good school."

The school will include a science, technology, electronics and mathematics lab, along with two dedicated science laboratories, a large gymnasium open to the community, an art room, a home economics lab and an industrial arts lab.

The project was first announced by Manitoba's previous NDP government, which said at the time it was expected to open in the fall of 2018.

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The last time the Winnipeg School Division opened doors to a new school was 25 years ago, but now a new school is on the way.

Premier Brian Pallister announced that the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Waterford Green is expected to be ready for the 2020 school year.

“Right now we’re in the process of designing or building seven new schools in Manitoba. That’s a modern day record. It’s important because education is key,” he said.

The 76,430 square foot school will be built on Jefferson Avenue east of King Edward Street. It will be built for 600 English and French Immersion students and include a child care centre with 54 preschool and 20 infant spaces with an additional space for a nursery school program.

Pauline Clarke, chief superintendent and CEO of the Winnipeg School Division said they’re glad to address the growing needs of the community.

[The school] can grow to around 800 students, she said. We are really pleased to have this new school its the first new school weve had in the school division for a long, long time.”