Construction Begins On New Elementary School in Weyburn
This morning, Environment Minister and Weyburn – Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan, on behalf of Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant, joined City of Weyburn officials, South East Cornerstone Public School Division officials, teachers, students and community members to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new Weyburn elementary school project.
This project is a consolidation of three schools (Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Haig Elementary and Souris Elementary) and will be built at the site of the former Weyburn Junior High School, which closed in 2016. The school will be constructed in conjunction with the City of Weyburn’s new Recreation and Cultural Centre, however the two facilities will be operated separately. The school and recreation centre will be joined by a shared space, which will include a kitchen, washrooms and common area.
“Our government is delighted to work with South East Cornerstone Public School Division to begin construction of this new school, which is a solid investment in the future successes of the students who will be attending it,” Duncan said. “Working with the City of Weyburn on this project has given us an opportunity to build a new facility that will benefit both the students and the entire community.”
The joint-venture facility was designed by Number Ten Architectural Group and the school portion of the facility will cost $33.7 million. The elementary school is expected to have an enrolment of 650 students at the projected opening date of fall 2021. The school will have a resource/media centre, full-size gym, and project zones that will allow students to collaborate on group activities. In addition, it will include a 51-space child care centre approved for six infants, 15 toddlers and 30 preschool-aged children.
“The South East Cornerstone Board of Education is pleased to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new Weyburn elementary school,” South East Cornerstone Board Chair Audrey Trombley, said. “This facility represents a strong partnership between South East Cornerstone Public School Division, the Ministry of Education and the City of Weyburn. We know our students and community will benefit as they learn and grow together in this beautiful school and recreation centre.”
On the other side of the facility, the Recreation and Cultural Centre will include a fieldhouse, change rooms, small art gallery, indoor play structure, multi-purpose rooms and walking track on the second level.
“The City of Weyburn and council are committed to investing in facilities that improve the well-being of our community and create accessible opportunities for all residents and visitors of our city,” Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy said. “We are thankful for the partnership with the South East Cornerstone School Division and the Ministry of Education. When partnerships like this are created, diverse facilities such as the Weyburn Recreation and Cultural Centre and Weyburn Elementary School become reality bringing recreation, arts and education together under one roof.”