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Ground breaks on Amber Trails school

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From left: neighbourhood parent Nancy Hilderman, Maples MLA Mohinder Saran, Seven Oaks division chair Ed Ploszay, Premier Greg Selinger, Education minister Nancy Allan, and James Nisbet principal Cheryl Gaudet.

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From left: neighbourhood parent Nancy Hilderman, Maples MLA Mohinder Saran, Seven Oaks division chair Ed Ploszay, Premier Greg Selinger, Education minister Nancy Allan, and James Nisbet principal Cheryl Gaudet. Photo Store

Seven Oaks School Division officials along with provincial politicians took cover from the rain at James Nisbet School Fri., May 31 to break the ceremonial sod on the new Amber Trails Community School.

The division has hired Bockstael Construction to build a $20-million birth to Grade 8 school on the north side of Templeton Avenue just west of Pipeline Road.

Construction is slated to wrap up by January 2015, with classes for some 600 students beginning later that fall.

The school, which has yet to be named, is expected to reduce overcrowding at James Nisbet, Arthur E. Wright, Leila North and Constable Edward Finney schools, O’Leary said.

There are 22 portable classrooms between James Nisbet, Arthur E. Wright, Leila North schools.

Division superintendent Brian O'Leary has said the division will create a transition plan move students into the Amber Trails school this fall, and hire a principal in fall 2014 who will execute that plan.

The new school will require up to 45 staff, including teachers, secretaries and other support staff. It will also include a daycare with up to 75 spots, along with pre-school programming.

The division opted for a mix of early and middle years learning to ease the transition between the two, and open opportunities for older students to act as role models for younger students, O’Leary said.

-- Staff

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