Premier Bernard Lord, Education Minister Madeleine DubÃ©, Supply and Services Minister Dale Graham and Petitcodiac MLA Wally Stiles participated in a sod-turning ceremony today to launch the construction of a new $3-million elementary school in Havelock.
“The construction of the new Havelock School demonstrates our ongoing, strong commitment to invest in education for the benefit of all New Brunswickers,” Lord said. “Once completed, the new school will be safe, clean, efficient, and state of the art. It will meet the needs not only of students and staff, but also of local families and the community as a whole.”
“Through our Quality Learning Agenda, we are ensuring students, teachers and other education workers are learning and working in a healthy, safe and positive environment,” Education Minister Madeleine DubÃ© said. “The construction of a new elementary school in Havelock clearly demonstrates this commitment and underscores our dedication to investing in our children’s future.”
The new one-storey school will be about 1,824 square metres (19,634 square feet) in size and will accommodate up to 150 students in kindergarten to Grade 5. The new school will replace two existing, older schools and will be constructed at the same site on the Lower Ridge Road, Route 880 in Havelock. It will be completed by September 2006.
The new school will have one kindergarten classroom, five regular classrooms, one resource and methods room, a library, a combined music and art room, and a large multi-purpose room that will serve as a physical education area and cafeteria. In addition, site improvements will be made to the outdoor playing field, busing lane and parking lot.
Graham noted the project is in accordance with the government’s plan to invest in green infrastructure as outlined in Greater Opportunity: New Brunswick Prosperity Plan.
“This new school will set an example in energy efficiency and environmental design,” Graham said. “It has been designed to meet the needs of students and staff and to meet the principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an industry standard used to measure ‘green’ building performance.”
Supply and Services will register the new school with the Canada Green Building Council, Graham said. The Canada Green Building Council is a national organization that was formed to promote the design and construction of ‘green’ buildings throughout Canada.
As work on the Havelock school project begins, the older of the two existing schools will be demolished to make way for construction. The other existing school will be used to accommodate students until the new facility is complete and then it will be demolished. In September 2006, students in grades 6-8 will be transferred to Petitcodiac Regional High.