A school is coming to a new development in the northwest part of the city.
The Winnipeg School Division had been pressing the Manitoba’s NDP Government for a new K-8 school in the Waterford Green development.
Premier Greg Selinger announced on Friday that construction would start near Jefferson Avenue and Keewatin Boulevard on the 60,000 square feet school shortly with an estimated opening date of fall 2018.
The school will include a child-care centre and have a capacity for at least 500 students.
Selinger also announced an additional $3 million to hire more than 50 teachers.
“This new school in the Winnipeg School Division and the funding to hire more teachers is part of our commitment to making classes smaller and investing in our children,” said Premier Selinger in a statement. “We’re making investments in new schools, new classrooms and more teachers so that students throughout the province get more one-on-one time to learn the essential skills they need to be successful.”
Selinger said the province has already hired 382 teachers. According to numbers from the province, 92.5 per cent of K-3 classes have 23 or fewer students while those same classes have 67.6 per cent have 20 or fewer.
The premier also announced four new major school additions that will create 14 new classrooms at École Guyot in the Louis Riel School Division École Crescentview School in Portage la Prairie, Dr. FWL Hamilton School in the River East Transcona School Division and Gillis School in the Sunrise School Division.