The Blaine Lake school is “significant infrastructure”.

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The Blaine Lake School gymnasium will be large enough to accommodate school and community events. It will feature an innovative stage with a folding wall that will give it the possibility of being a separate space from the gymnasium.

PRINCE ALBERT – Premier Scott Moe joined students and staff from Blaine Lake Composite School, representatives from the Prairie Spirit School Division and members of the community on May 20 to celebrate the grand opening of the new Blaine Lake K-12 school.

Moe told reporters after the ceremony that being from Shellbrook and growing up with Blaine Lake residents made the project a personal one.

“I think school provides that place of education, and it provides that place where so many wonderful teachers are educating the next generation,” Moe said.

The Blaine Lake School is one of 19 new schools in the planning, development and construction phase.

“About 56 new constructions have been completed in the province,” Moe said. “(There are) about 85 or 86 major investments, either new construction or major renovation across the province. There is more to do as we look to the future. That’s why we have 19 at one stage in this process, and there are more stories across Saskatchewan, just like this story here in Blaine Lake.

Graham Construction, a Saskatchewan company, has already begun work on the new school. The Saskatchewan government has committed nearly $14 million to the project, which will replace the former Blaine Lake Composite School.

Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2023. When completed, the new school will accommodate approximately 150 students.

The school gymnasium will be large enough to accommodate school and community events. It will feature an innovative stage with a folding wall that will give it the possibility of being a separate space from the gymnasium.

Moe said school is more than a place of education. It is also an important infrastructure.

“We’re here in the gymnasium, there’s a stage behind us where the graduations, where the drama clubs, where the sporting events happen,” Moe said. “It really is more than a place of education or just a building. It’s a place where really magic can happen in small communities.

He gave other examples such as hockey arenas and curling rinks as fulfilling similar roles.

The landscaping surrounding the school has been designed to encourage outdoor classroom opportunities. Some of the highlights include plants native to the area and can be used for teaching, as well as a learning plaza which will include a rock circle.

The Prairie Spirit School Division is contributing the industrial arts space for the project, which will include carpentry and welding areas.

“On behalf of the Prairie Spirit Board of Education and local administrators Pam Wieler and Kimberly Greyeyes, I would like to thank the Premier and the provincial government for investing in a new school to serve our students in the Blaine Lake community,” said Prairie Spirit. Board Chairman Bernie Howe said in a statement.

“We look forward to the opening of this exciting new school facility which will provide a supportive, innovative and accessible learning environment for our students for many years to come.”

Since 2008, the Government of Saskatchewan has committed approximately $2.3 billion to school infrastructure projects. These projects include 57 new schools and 28 major renovation projects, as well as two projects approved under the new minor capital renewal program.

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