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June 24, 2015

FAMILIES IN SOUTHEAST WINNIPEG TO BENEFIT FROM NEW KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 8 SCHOOL IN SAGE CREEK

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$24.8-million English and French Immersion School will include Child-care Spaces to Meet Needs of Growing Community: Premier Selinger

Students and families in Southeast Winnipeg will soon benefit from a new $24.8-million elementary school and early learning child-care centre, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at the groundbreaking for École Sage Creek School.

“Sage Creek is a dynamic, growing community and this new school will benefit families for years to come,” said Premier Selinger.  “By ensuring children in Manitoba have access to state-of-the-art, multi-purpose learning facilities to receive the solid early childhood education they need to succeed academically throughout their school years, we’re investing in the future of this community and our province.”

The 76,940-sq.-ft. school is one of the 35 new schools the Manitoba government has invested in since 1999, and will include an early learning and child-care centre for 114 infant, preschool and school-aged children with up to 2,000-sq.-ft. of early learning space, the premier said.

He added the project is targeted to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard for environmental sustainability and will create up to 228 jobs throughout its construction.  The premier said investing in infrastructure is a key part of the Manitoba government’s plan to grow the economy and create good jobs across the province.

The new school will accommodate 600 kindergarten to Grade 8 English and French immersion students.  Students attending the school will come from Sage Creek and the surrounding areas.

“It’s been so exciting to watch the tremendous growth of this community in such a short amount of time, and we’re absolutely ecstatic about the development of the new École Sage Creek School,” said Duane Brothers, superintendent of schools, Louis Riel School Division.  “We plan to deliver a school that will set a new standard and become a centre for the wonderful families in Sage Creek.”

Since 1999, the Manitoba government has invested more than $1 billion in public school capital projects including 35 new and replacement schools, as well as dozens of new gyms, science labs and shops classes across the province.

Construction of the new school is set to begin in July 2015 and the project is expected to be complete in early 2017, the premier noted.

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