The total size of the new school will be approximately 5,330 square meters on the site of the existing Carrot River Junior Senior High School.
The Ministry of Education of the Province of Saskatchewan will provide funding for approximately 4,300 square meters.
The North East School Division and the community of Carrot River are extremely thankful to the donor that provided funding to increase the size of the school by 200 square meters to allow for the addition of a welding lab and also increase the size of the performing arts/small gym.
With the exception of the gym, the Carrot River Junior Senior High School will be demolished. The gym was built in 2005 and will be part of the new school.
The new school will be a kindergarten to grade 12 school, replacing the Carrot River Elementary School and the Carrot River Junior Senior High School.
The Carrot River Elementary School and the Carrot River Junior Senior High School will both be operating during construction until the new school has been completed.
When planning the washroom space for the new Carrot River school, the NESD followed best practice in universal washrooms design. The single-user (full door and wall), multi-stall, and open sink space design ensures students have privacy concerns met while supporting supervision of the open sink area. This design has been utilized for both the elementary and high school washrooms.
As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom after this Labour Day weekend, we do it with heavy hearts. All of Saskatchewan is mourning the loss of the lives that were taken this past weekend during unthinkable attacks. Our thoughts and prayers go to our neighbors from James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon communities to those families who are suffering the loss of a loved one and to those who were injured.
We know you may be talking to your children about the events of the past weekend, and we will have staff available to speak to any students who need support in processing the news of these events.
With one suspect still at large, we will be hyper vigilant in maintaining the safety of students, teachers, and school staff. We will continue to be in close contact with the Ministry of Education and local authorities about the situation, and we will inform you if the situation changes within our schools.
Again, thank you for your continued partnership with us, as we work to keep our school community safe and aware of this evolving situation.
If you have any questions, please contact the North East School Division office by phone at 306-752-5741 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
On Friday September 23rd, Premier Scott Moe and Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw joined students, staff, School Community Council Chairs and representatives of North East School Division to celebrate the official beginning of construction on a new school that will replace and consolidate Carrot River Elementary and Carrot River High schools.
The new school project will attach to the existing high school gym, which was constructed as an addition to the current high school in 2005. Construction is being led by Saskatchewan-based company Wright Construction and is expected to welcome students in early 2024 with an estimated cost of $28.4 million of which the government is contributing $25.7 million. The remaining costs are being contributed by the community and the school division.
“The growth we are experiencing in our economy allows us to make important investments in services and infrastructure,” Moe said. “This new school in Carrot River is just one example of growth that works for everyone.”
The approximately 4,400 square metre facility is just over half the size of a CFL football field, accommodating up to 400 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The new school will be a modern facility featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and will feature an expanded Practical and Applied Arts area with funding from the community and the school division. The new school will be built onto the existing gymnasium of the high school that was built in 2005.
"I would like to thank the Government of Saskatchewan and Premier for the investment in our new Carrot River school," North East School Division Board Chair Kevin Graham said. "We look forward to the school opening and all of the ways the new facility will support the programming and learning opportunities for our students in years to come."
National Day For Truth and Reconciliation Candlelight Vigil
A candlelight vigil will be held in observation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and to mourn in solidarity with James Smith Cree Nation and all those who are grieving the tragic events that unfolded in the community. All are welcome.
7:00PM - September 29th, 2022 Memorial Garden - Main Street, Melfort
Drumming, prayer and candlelight vigil followed by a gathering and hot chocolate.
Main Street will be closed to traffic between Macleod and Crawford Avenues. We ask that drivers be mindful to avoid the area during the vigil.
Candles will be provided, as well as glow sticks for children who are unable to safely hold a candle during the vigil.