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Yorkton Regional High School roof project ongoing

Funding part of province's stimulus plan
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Yorkton Regional High School is getting a new roof. (File Photo)
YORKTON - Work is underway on school maintenance projects in 15 communities across Saskatchewan.

These 15 communities include Yorkton, Aberdeen, Allan, Clavet, Delisle, Gravelbourg, Hague, Harris, Hepburn, Humboldt, Langham, Meadow Lake, Saskatoon, Swift Current, and Tisdale.

"We're thrilled to receive major capital funding to enhance the educational environment at the Yorkton Regional High School," Good Spirit Board of Education Chair Bob Simpson said. "As the largest school in the Parkland region, the Yorkton Regional High School is a hub of the community. The Board of Education would like to express their appreciation to the Government of Saskatchewan for the funding received. They look forward to continued support to enhance the Yorkton Regional High School as we continue to strive for learning without limits and achievement for all."

The province announced $25.9 million in stimulus funding for developments as such upgrades to mechanical and structural components in schools in June of 2020. The schools chosen to be a part of the stimulus maintenance funding were identified as priorities by school divisions in their preventative maintenance and renewal plans. By providing funding to these specific projects, school divisions are able to proceed without tying up a significant portion of their own Preventative Maintenance and Renewal funds.

"Through our government's stimulus plan, we are building stronger schools and communities while creating jobs," Education Minister Dustin Duncan said in a government release. "We are pleased to see the progress made on these projects and in our education sector."

Of the announced projects, three have been completed:

  • Roof replacement for Harris-Tessier School - Sun West School Division.
  • Asbestos remediation at Swift Current Comprehensive High School - Chinook School Division; and
  • Roof replacement for Tisdale Middle and Secondary School - North East School Division. 

Four others are expected to be finished by the end of November 2021:

  • Roof replacement for Yorkton Regional High School - Good Spirit School Division.
  • Roof replacement for Aberdeen Composite School - Prairie Spirit School Division;
  • Roof replacement for Delisle Composite - Prairie Spirit School Division;
  • Structural repairs at Hague Elementary School - Prairie Spirit School Division; and

In addition to these projects, work on emergency lighting at all of Horizon School Division facilities in Humboldt is expected to be completed by the end of December 2021.

Of the remaining projects announced, four others are in progress and are between 20 and 80 per cent complete, including:

  • Major renovations at Clavet Composite School - Prairie Spirit School Division;
  • Roof replacement for Father Robinson School, Saskatoon - St. Paul's Roman Catholic Separate School Division;
  • Boiler replacement at Hepburn School - Prairie Spirit School Division; and
  • Roof replacement for Lakeview School, Meadow Lake - Northwest School Division.

Meanwhile, the design for both Allan Composite School and Walter W. Brown School has been completed, and a project manager has been hired for École Mathieu de Gravelbourg and École Beau Soleil, Gravelbourg.

"Investing in school maintenance projects like these is an important part of our government's commitment to build a stronger and better educated Saskatchewan," SaskBuilds and Procurement Minister Jim Reiter said. "These projects not only help address key maintenance needs in schools across our province, they also helped stimulate activity in local economies in these communities as part of our record investment in infrastructure stimulus funding."

These projects are part of the Government of Saskatchewan's $7.5 billion capital plan to build a strong Saskatchewan and stimulate Saskatchewan's economic recovery.