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New school to be built in WSD

Winnipeg School Division is delighted by the news from the province of Manitoba that plans are moving ahead to build a Kindergarten to Grade 8 Dual Track French Immersion school in the northwest corner of the division.

“This is great news for our students and the communities we serve,” said Sherri Rollins, Chair, WSD Board of Trustees. “There is an urgent need for more space in the northwest corner of our division, and this school will serve those students and families who are currently having to be bussed out of their community for schooling.”

The province of Manitoba, in collaboration with the Public Schools Finance Board (PSFB), today released a competitive request for proposals (RFP) to develop a Public Private Partnership (P3) business case and financial advisory services for constructing four new schools (one in Winnipeg School Division, one in Seven Oaks School Division, one in Southeast Brandon and one in Pembina Trails School Division) with a total value of over $100 million, Premier Brian Pallister announced today as he was joined by Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart.

“The P3 model has proved to be very successful across Canada and in Saskatchewan in particular for such projects. We have studied these approaches carefully and believe a similar innovative procurement delivery model could mean cost savings and better value for Manitobans,” said Pallister. “We owe it to taxpayers to consider how we can deliver high-quality services more cost-effectively. Today’s RFP is the first step in this fully transparent, competitive process.”

The school designated for Winnipeg School Division will be built on land owned by the division at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and King Edward Street. The project is identified in the provincial RFP to have a 600 student capacity with a space requirement of 78,938 sq.ft.

Wishart confirmed that these schools will be operated by their respective school boards and will deliver education services just like all other schools within the boards’ jurisdictions. 

“We are taking a pragmatic approach to the procurement of new schools in order to deliver quality infrastructure on time and on budget,” said Wishart. 

Wishart noted that each of the school facilities will be designed to accommodate a child-care centre with 20 infant spaces and 54 preschool spaces, in accordance with the PSFB policy to integrate child-care facilities in all newly constructed schools. The schools will also be built to top energy efficiency standards to save electricity use with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard. This builds upon the PSFB’s longstanding practice of constructing highly durable, energy efficient school buildings, the minister noted.

The deadline for submissions to the request for proposals is June 15 with the contract to begin by Aug. 1 this year. The province has identified a goal for the project to break ground in the 2019 construction season.


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