New K-8 school coming to Sage Creek


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I am pleased to announce plans by our government to acquire land for a new kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Sage Creek.

I have strongly advocated for this over the past few years, and am happy that all the time and effort spent has as made the difference. I have always been committed to making sure that we were meeting the needs of our growing communities, and now we are doing more, by investing in new school construction to support staff and students. This new K-8 facility will provide access to enhanced learning opportunities for students and educators in the very best classroom space.

The Manitoba government is investing over $210 million in crucial K-12 school capital projects, including $24 million for seven land acquisition projects for future school sites. This announcement builds upon the government’s commitment to building 20 new schools over 10 years, with six already open and in use, and the remainder expected to be completed ahead of schedule.

Supplied photo Lagimodiere MLA Andrew Smith near the entrance to Sage Creek, where a new kindergarten to Grade 8 school will soon be built.

As well, we have also announced increased funding to public school divisions for the 2021-22 school year of $20.8 million, totalling a record-setting investment of $1.35 billion.

Our government is committed to strengthening our public-school system to help ensure students and educators have the necessary resources available as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This increased funding will help support the specific needs of students and provide enhanced learning environments and opportunities for success.

In addition to increasing base funding for public schools, this year’s commitment includes $5.5 million for special needs funding for school divisions, which will support students with disabilities, and with exceptional needs.

We will also continue to support Manitobans by reducing the local property tax burden for ratepayers. School divisions will freeze their education property taxes and the province will provide a property tax offset grant equivalent to a two per cent property tax increase or $22.8 million.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
Lagimodière constituency report

Andrew Smith is the PC MLA for Lagimodière.

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