Winnipeg - The Manitoba government along with Hanover School Division and Garden Valley School Division have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for architectural consulting teams to finalize design and tender for two new schools in Winkler and Niverville.
"These new schools are priorities for our government based on the greatest need due to higher enrolment pressures in two of Manitoba's fastest-growing communities. We are working expeditiously to ensure there can be shovels in the ground in spring 2018 and students in the classroom in September 2019," Education and Training minister Ian Wishart said.
The province will fund construction of a new 84,000 square foot kindergarten to grade eight school for 675 students in Winkler as well as a new 66,700 square foot high school in Niverville for 450 grade nine to 12 students. The schools will be designed to achieve a LEED rating, and will feature integrated child care centres along with capacity for future expansion.
The two school divisions have agreed to work with the Public Schools Finance Board (PSFB) on an accelerated schedule with project tendering in early 2018. The PSFB, established in 1967, is a provincial agency with the responsibility for financing major capital projects related to Manitoba's public schools.
The deadline for submissions is June 23, with a contract to begin by June 28.