During the grand-opening ceremonies a key passing ceremony took place where a key was passed from one dignitary to the next until it got to grade 5 student Matteus Froese (forefront).
By Marianne Curtis
On November 7 the Hanover School Division and the local community celebrated the official grand opening of the Clearspring Middle School in Steinbach with a special ceremony.
Premier Greg Selinger was on hand to cut the ribbon for the official opening.
“This new school will give students a safe, modern environment to learn and develop new skills, and it will give families in Steinbach a new community space in which to gather,” said Selinger. “With support from the provincial government, creating the school has been a real community project, bringing together students, staff and the community to design and build this bright, energy-efficient building.”
Hanover School Division Superintendant Ken Klassen says he is thankful to the province for helping fund the new school.
“This school has been built to last and will be environmentally sustainable for many years to come, serving as a model for students and the community alike, in our efforts to teach and promote responsible and sustainable living,” explained Klassen. “Hanover School Division is very thankful for what we have been able to achieve together with the province – an exceptional middle school that is healthy and inviting for students and staff and provides many flexible learning areas both inside and outside of the building.”
Clearspring Middle School is one of Manitoba’s first targeted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) Gold school buildings. The 93,000-square-foot school was constructed to maximize water efficiency, optimize energy performance, and use materials and resources that provide a healthy learning environment for students. The building itself functions as a teaching tool as there are numerous features throughout the floor plan that provide opportunities for students to learn about architecture, construction and design.
Construction on the new Clearspring Middle School began in mid-March 2011. It 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 attend classes at the Stonybrook Middle School. The Stonybrook Middle School was formerly known 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 School.