(12 Sept 2012)
Land of the Living Skies
One of the challenges of Saskatchewan’s historic growth is providing the supporting infrastructure as more and more families choose the Land of the Living Skies to live and work. The 2011 census showed that during the previous five years the number of children in Saskatchewan grew by more than 10,000. That is the second highest rate of growth among all provinces and a sharp reversal of a decrease between 2001-2006 of almost 20,000 kids. As children are our most valuable and treasured resource, the increase between 2006 and 2011 is great news, but it puts pressure on our education system. Thanks to the Saskatchewan Advantage created by your hard work, our government is able to address that challenge.
In Saskatoon construction has begun on a new joint school project: the Willowgrove Elementary and Holy Family Elementary school. This $39.8 million investment will provide one of the fastest growing parts of Saskatoon with a unique school model. The Willowgrove joint-use facility will give educational space for more than 1,000 students and early learners ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade eight. This new facility will have a daycare, a second gymnasium and be a versatile gathering place for the entire neighborhood.
Earlier in the summer, the growing community of Lloydminster gathered to celebrate the construction of the College Park School. This new $30 million facility will provide educational space for approximately 500 students and early learners, ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade nine. This state of the art facility will have an integrated play and park space, unique band rehearsal rooms and an observatory.
And recently in Weyburn, St. Michael School re-opened after extensive renovations. The second phase of this project includes six new relocatable classrooms, the addition of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten space, a performing arts area and a fully equipped stage in the gymnasium.
We have come a long way but there is still more to do. In the near future, we will be opening the Regina Douglas Park School and in Saskatoon, Saint Mary’s School. Since 2007, your Saskatchewan Party government has committed approximately half a billion dollars towards 41 major school capital projects. Over one third (860) of Saskatchewan schools have seen needed upgrades and improvements.
Investing in our children’s education is an investment in the future and plays an important role in Keeping The Saskatchewan Advantage. In the coming weeks, Premier Brad Wall will announce the next phase of your government’s plan to keep the province growing.
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