October 19, 2017

Largest School Building Project in Saskatchewan's History Officially Complete

Today, students and staff in Saskatoon’s Evergreen community joined Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools to officially open St. Nicholas Catholic School.

This is the 18th and final school to officially open as part of the Joint-Use Schools Project.

“Our government is proud to join with the students and staff of St. Nicholas Catholic School to celebrate the grand opening of this beautiful new school and officially mark the completion of the largest school-building project in Saskatchewan history,” Eyre said.  “The growth in northeast Saskatoon has increased over the past decade, and as with the other 18 schools we’ve opened, St. Nicholas responds to that growth and future development.”

“We’re proud that that the people of Saskatoon, and all of Saskatchewan, want Catholic education for their children,” Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools’ Board Chair Diane Boyko said.  “We’re humbled that parents entrust us with the task of educating their children and building faithful disciples of Christ.”

St. Nicholas Catholic School can accommodate more than 600 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 at full design capacity.

“St. Nicholas is right in the heart of Evergreen, which is appropriate since the building will be the heart of this unique and vibrant community,” St. Nicholas Catholic School Principal Rick Garman said.  “The school’s staff are excited to help shape a strong, faith-filled school community with our students and families.  It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

St. Nicholas Catholic School is one half of a joint-use facility that shares space with Sylvia Fedoruk School. The facility also contains a 90-space child care centre and space available to the community.  It is part of the P3 Joint-Use Schools Project that includes 18 publically owned elementary schools built on nine joint-use sites in Saskatoon, Martensville, Warman and Regina.

One of the many innovative features integrated into the joint-use schools is technology such as interactive touch screen TVs that allow students to learn about energy consumption, data ports throughout common areas, tablets, smart boards and LCD screens.  These provide students with the tools that will help them learn and grow in the 21st century.

Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has committed approximately $1.5 billion toward 67 major school capital projects and numerous smaller projects such as portable classrooms and preventative maintenance and renewal.