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The province of Manitoba announced today that parents in one of Winnipeg's growing neighbourhoods will have another option of where to send their young kids to school in the Fall of 2020. 

Premier Brian Pallister and Education and Traning Minister Ian Wishart announced today that construction on a new 56,423-sq.-ft. school on Templeton Ave. east of Pipeline Rd. will begin in January of 2018 with funding from the province.

It will be built for 450 students and can expand to 600 if need be. It will also have 74 child-care centre spaces. 

"This new school will ease the overcrowding of several of our schools and this means fewer students will have to be bused out of the area," Seven Oaks School Division board chair Derek Dabee said. "This school will also be used after-hours for sports, activities and it will be a community place." 

"It will be more than a school, it will be a community centre also." 

The province says this school will also include: 

  • 15 regular classrooms and a music room
  • a science, technology, electronics and math (STEM) lab
  • life-skills and resource teaching and guidance suites, and an English-as-an-additional-language room
  • a library and gymnasium; and
  • energy efficient design with a LEED Silver Rating and Manitoba Hydro Power Smart components and enhanced indoor air quality 

Over the past year, the province has committed to spending more than $200 million to build seven new schools and repair, maintain and upgrade existing schools across the province. 

Of those seven schools, five will be elementary schools and two will be high schools. The province says in total they will create 4,425 student spaces and 540 child-care spaces. 

Pallister says a school in this area was something the former NDP government promised a number of years ago but failed to deliver on. 

"We have promised a new school in Seven Oaks and today we're fulfilling the commitment," Pallister said. "There's been a tremendous amount of work going into making this project a reality." 

The province says construction is already underway on new schools in Niverville and Winkler and schools in the Seven Oaks, Winnipeg and Brandon school divisions are in the design stage. Two schools in Pembina Trails school division will go into the design stage later in 2018.