New $30-million elementary school is coming to La Loche, Sask.

A virtual rendering of the new elementary school in La Loche, Sask.
A virtual rendering of the new elementary school in La Loche, Sask. Courtesy of the Government of Saskatchewan

Construction has officially begun on a new $30-million elementary school in La Loche, Sask.

The new Prekindergarten to Grade 6 elementary school in the village of La Loche in northern Saskatchewan is being funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Northern Lights School Division.

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The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $30 million in the construction of the school, while the Northern Lights School Division is contributing additional funds to increase the size of the gymnasium so that it can be used by both the school and community.

“This new elementary school will be able to serve not only the students and families of La Loche but also the broader community for generations to come,” said Education Minister Dustin Duncan in a press release.

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The size of the new school will be 5,548 square metres and it will accommodate approximately 475 students from Prekindergarten to Grade 6.

The new school will replace the 49-year-old Ducharme Elementary School with a facility that focuses on local Indigenous cultural elements.

The design was created with input from the community and features a rounded cultural centre that will be used for cultural programming and ceremonies, which incorporates architectural elements that reflect Indigenous culture and the natural beauty of the local land and sky.

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The new school will have 26 classrooms, a kitchen for student meal programs, as well as a feature staircase that can be used for school gatherings.

“The board of trustees is thrilled that the province made the decision to invest in a new elementary school in La Loche, and we are so pleased that the process is moving forward,” said Richard Petit, chair of Northern Lights School Division Board.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the community at large in advocating for this much-needed new educational facility. This certainly is an occasion worth celebrating.”

The new school will be located next to Dene High School in La Loche and construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2025.

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