Carrot River school build moving forward with increased cost challenges

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By Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Facing the inflation of the cost of several necessary construction materials, including lumber and steel, the new school in Carrot River remains expected to be completed on-time with full features.
Originally announced in 2020, the new school, which will consolidate both Carrot River schools and potentially Arborfield School, was expected to cost $21 million.
The topic was brought up during the North East School Division board of education’s November meeting, where administration requested up to a million dollars in preventive maintenance and renewal funding approved by the province to be set aside for the new school’s increased cost.
Don Rempel, the NESD’s director of education, said the division is “very close” to approval and there are multiple backup plans to move forward if they are unable to secure an increase of funds from...continued.

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