Arborgate students get extended summer


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Students attending classes in ArborgateSchool in La Broquerie will get a few extra days to enjoy their summer holidays after the division delayed the opening of the new school for a few days to finish preparing for classes. 

While the majority of students across the province return to classes a few days after the after the September long weekend students attending Arborgate School in La Broquerie received a few extra days off.

Mike Borgfjord, Seine River School Superintendent says that construction delays associated with the significant expansion project at ArborgateSchool has forced the division to hold off opening the doors until September 10.

“We need to move and get ready for the school year so we will not be opening the doors September 6 or 7,” stated Borgfjord. The majority of students throughout the rest of the division returned to classes on September 6.

Due to construction delays teachers and administration will only be allowed into the building one week before classes were expected to start, Borgfjord explained.

“A week to prepare everything just wasn’t enough time,” added Borgfjord. He added that the board has already worked on a contingency plan in the event opening day would be delayed. “We looked at all our options and worked on plans if and when things got delayed.”

Borgfjord added that the division is disappointed that classes will not start in La Broquerie like the rest of the division but the safety of student and teachers are forefront in their mind.

“We want to make sure students are safe and the staff is ready to start the year off correctly,” Borgfjord noted. “But anyone who has driven past the school can easily see all the work that still needs to be done.”

The new school Arborgate School addition has been designed as an LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Facility that is expected to serve the needs of the community for many years to come.

The new school is a two story building that adds new classroom space without losing any of the playgrounds. The new building increases the size of the school by almost 40,000 square feet.

The Arborgate School expansion will have capacity for 450 students, which is up from the previous capacity of 330 students.

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