Lloydminster Catholic School Division and the Holy Rosary High School community are excited as the build on the school’s expansion is underway.
Director of Education, Nigel McCarthy shares what the new space will offer.
“We have three new science labs that we are very excited about. They are purpose built for senior science for our STEM programs. [Then there’s a] kinesiology lab designed on the model offered by the University of Waterloo. We have a great new arts centre that’s going in; a double sized room, as well as work in video game design and coding, that’s really going to put us on the cutting edge.”
Funding announcements from the Saskatchewan government came out in June 2020. McCarthy says the input from the students for the school expansion has been important at all levels of the school division.
“Then going out to students in elementary school and really allowing them to have the opportunity to speak to what they would like to see in schools. That gave us some new ideas and the motivation to deliver on some of these visions.”
McCarthy says that vision includes the biomechanics centre, the motors lab and the new welding centre that’s going in at Holy Rosary. He says listening to children in education charts the pathway to the future.
The two storey structure will be linking to the present facility through two corridors. McCarthy is targeting this Fall to open the welding lab and the biomechanics centre. He says the build is on track.
“We are on time. When we finish our brick work here up to the second level. We were able to get our steel delivered on time and swinging all week this week. The next thing that people will see is hollow core flooring or the precast concrete floors. That will be delivered by another big crane hopefully in two to two and a half weeks from now.”
Shovels for the build hit the ground in June last year. McCarthy says they are anticipating the increased number of students coming to the high school.
“Holy Rosary is certainly a growing high school and we are looking forward to having more than a thousand students in the Fall. That enables us to do so many of these specialized programs that really serve the needs of students where they are at and allow families to be excited about the education that we are offering.”
Overall completion is slated for February 2023, says McCarthy.