Photo by Marianne Curtis
On September 6 the doors to the new ClearspringMiddle School in Steinbach will open for classes for the very first time.
By Marianne Curtis
When classes start in September some students in the Hanover School Division will be walking through the doors of a brand new school. HanoverSchool Division
Superintendent Ken Klassen says that ClearspringMiddle School in the HamptonVillage off of Hespeler on the east side of Steinbach will be ready for the start of classes on September 6.
`We received the occupancy permit in mid-August and we had a program to move in and we got it all done,“ stated Klassen. `The teachers have already been in the schools for a few weeks.“
Klassen says the school division is very proud of the new school.
“Everyone who has toured it is amazed with it`s features,“ Klassen added. The school is two stories high with lots of windows and open spaces. Along with traditional classrooms is a village type atmosphere with the main hall acting as Main Street.
Another feature unique to ClearspringMiddle School is the ability for students to interact with their environment. There are areas of the school where students can see how things mechanically operate within the facility so it becomes a teaching tool.
Construction on the new ClearspringMiddle School began in mid-March 2011.
ClearspringMiddle School was built to a capacity of 800 students and classrooms for 700. It will house approximately 60% of the Grade 5 – 8 students in the Steinbach catchment area. Students living northeast of Main Street within City of Steinbach boundaries will be attending this school.
Students living southwest of Main Street within City of Steinbach boundaries will be attending classes at the Stonybrook Middle School. The Stonybrook Middle School was formally knows as the Steinbach Junior High.
Until construction at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School is completed, the grade 9 students will remain at the StoneyBrook Middle Schoolé