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Update on the new Stirling and Tweed schools, August 13, 2013

Posted August 13, 2013: Construction is on-schedule at the new elementary schools in Stirling and Tweed. Our intention is for all students to be in school on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. If there is need for other plans, we will communicate with families and through the local media.

It is exciting to see each school become closer to reality each day. Senior staff from the Education Centre have been monitoring progress daily over the past few weeks and will continue to do so.

Both schools will be big enough to accommodate the projected enrolment in each community. There are no plans to put portables on either site. The new Stirling school will combine approximately 700 elementary students from the former three Stirling schools. The new Tweed school will combine approximately 375 elementary students from the former two Tweed schools. Both projects are fully-funded by the Ministry of Education, with approximately $12 million for Stirling and $7 million for Tweed.

photo of Stirling Public School
Construction of the new Stirling Public School is progressing on-schedule. The old school has been taken down to make room for parking and play areas. The new school is pictured in the background.

Stirling Public School
Interior work in the new school is progressing well. Most ceilings are in place and floors are complete. Mechanical and electrical work is continuing. Exterior brick work has started and will be completed in the next few weeks. Site work, such as parking lot construction and re-grading, is continuing. Demolition of the former Stirling Senior Public School is almost finished, as can be seen in the photo.

Tweed Elementary School
Site work is proceeding well with concrete curbs now in place. Re-grading work is continuing. Interior finishes are progressing, with most ceilings and floors in place. The gym floor was installed last week. Mechanical and electrical work is proceeding according to schedule. Equipment start ups should occur this week. Demolition of the former Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School has started after a short delay due to extensive asbestos removal work.

View of the front yard at the new Tweed Elementary School
Grading is being done at the front of the new Tweed Elementary School. This picture is taken from the roof of the new school.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca [1]

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Posted July 23, 2013: Construction is continuing on the new schools in Stirling and Tweed.

Stirling
The roof is now watertight and almost finished, with aggregate gravel to be added as the final step. Inside the building, the ceramic floor is being laid in the hallways. Priming and painting are being done. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems. See below for recent photographs.

Tweed
The exterior brick work is mostly finished. Installation of the exterior metal panels will begin shortly. Window installation has started. Interior finishes, such as painting and trim work, are well underway. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems. See below for recent photographs.

Please note: Due to an annual 2-week summer shut-down at the Education Centre, the next status update will be posted during the week of August 12, 2013.

Roof of Stirling Public School
Tar has been applied to the roof at Stirling Public School. Aggregate gravel will be added as the final step.

Mechanical Room at Stirling Public School
Boilers are being installed at Stirling Public School. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems.

Exterior grading at Tweed Elementary School
The grading is underway at Tweed Elementary School. The exterior brick work is mostly finished.

Basketball nets in the Gym at Tweed Elementary School
The basketball nets and lighting have been installed in the gym at Tweed Elementary School.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca [1]

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Picture update July 15, 2013.

front of the new Stirling Public School
This picture shows the front of the new Stirling Public School. The jut-out at the centre is the main entrance (facing north). Kindergarten classrooms will be on the west side of the building (to the right and around the corner). Five more Primary classrooms will be on the main floor. Grades 3 to 8 will be on the second floor.

east side of the new Stirling Public School
This picture is looking at the east side of the new school. School board officials toured the site on July 11, 2013.

front of the new Tweed Elementary School
School board officials toured the new Tweed Elementary School on July 11. This picture shows the front of the new school. The main entrance is in the centre.

classroom with double doors at Tweed Elementary School
The new Tweed Elementary School will have classrooms with double doors between them. This design feature will be used for student collaboration.

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Picture update July 8, 2013.

photo of the roof with bundles of sheathing piled on it
Sheathing is ready to be installed on the roof of the new Stirling Public School.

photo of the roof with sheating on it
Work on the roof at Stirling Public School is progressing. Here the sheathing has been installed.

exterior view of one side of the school
Side view of Stirling Public School.

side view of Tweed Elementary School
Side view of Tweed Elementary School showing the brickwork in progress.

another side of Tweed Elementary School
Another view of Tweed Elementary School.

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Posted July 3, 2013: We are very excited about the new elementary schools being built in Stirling and Tweed! They will provide new, modern learning environments for our students. Starting this week, updates will be posted as construction progresses.

Construction is on schedule in both Stirling and Tweed. As part of the construction plan, the existing Stirling Senior Public School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School will be taken down in July. This needs to be done so the contractor can work on underground drainage and site development for school yards, parking and landscaping.

In Stirling, before and after school child care will continue to be provided by current provider, Stirling Co-operative Nursery School.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca [1]

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