Today, Education Minister Dustin Duncan joined students, staff and representatives of South East Cornerstone Public School Division (SECPSD) and the Mayor of Weyburn, Marcel Roy, to celebrate Education Week and the grand opening of the new Legacy Park Elementary School.
"This is an exciting day for the City of Weyburn as we join together to celebrate the opening of this beautiful new school and child care centre," Duncan said. "This facility is an investment into our students' futures and along with the attached recreational facility, will benefit the entire community for years to come."
The new facility was built as a joint partnership with the City of Weyburn and includes a new Prekindergarten to Grade 6 school, child care facility and a community recreation centre. The Government of Saskatchewan invested $33.7 million into the school and child care portions of the building.
"Built by Saskatoon-based Wright Construction Western Inc., this school is an important part of our government's commitment to investing in infrastructure to build a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities," SaskBuilds and Procurement Minister Jim Reiter said. "Congratulations to South East Cornerstone Public School Division, the community of Weyburn, and the staff and students on today's grand opening."
Legacy Park Elementary School is built on the site of the former Weyburn Junior High School, which closed in 2016. The nearly 7,500 square foot facility is about half the size of an official NHL hockey rink, accommodating up to 750 students from Prekindergarten to Grade 6. It features state-of-the art new classrooms, a full-sized gymnasium, a resource/media centre and a large common space with a performance stage and amphitheatre seating.
This joint-venture facility consolidates Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Haig Elementary and Souris Elementary schools. It incorporates the culture and identity of all three student bodies, including three new commemorative benches and a playground featuring pieces from each of the three former schools.
"This new state-of-the-art facility will offer a quality learning environment with excellent programming to ensure success and achievement for students in this school, consisting principally of students welcomed last month from Haig, Queen Elizabeth and Souris schools," SECPSD Board of Education Chair Audrey Trombley said. "It is a great example of how our schools can meet the needs of students and their community today and well into the future. We are grateful to the Province of Saskatchewan and the partnership with the City of Weyburn for this facility."
The new Legacy Park Early Learning Centre has 51-spaces, which is able to accommodate six infants, 15 toddlers and 30 preschool-aged children.
The school's front entrance connects to The Credit Union Spark Cultural and Recreation Centre, owned and operated by the City of Weyburn. This centre includes an indoor turf field, outdoor ice surface, small art gallery, indoor play structure, multi-purpose rooms and walking track on the second level.