The new school in Carlyle is a few steps closer to becoming a reality after Number10 Architecture Firm was recently announced as the project lead. Andy Dobson, Manager of Facilities and Transportation for South East Cornerstone Public School Division (SECPSD), discussed the next steps.

Dobson noted that a project management team is formed when a capital project is awarded, including the SECPSD, the Ministry of Education, and SaskBuilds.

“The first thing we do is go to SaskTenders and procure a prime consultant and consultant services. That includes the architect as well as civil, structural, mechanical engineering, landscaping, and more,” he said.

As part of the Northwest Trade Act, architects from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C. can bid on these projects. Seven bids were submitted for this project, and Number10 Architectural Firm was chosen.

Following a land exchange with the town of Carlyle, the site of the new school has been selected. Dobson noted they have a 21-acre parcel just south of Main Street.

“We’ve had an inaugural meeting with the team and will be holding stakeholder meetings with teachers, students, and community members on June 18,” he said.

Dobson mentioned that several existing schools will serve as a roadmap for the new school's design.

“We can reflect on Legacy Park as the newest one. There will be some similarities due to having the same architect and engineer,” he said. “We also ensure compliance with our coordinators, SE Cornerstone, and all code requirements for the new school.”

One of the hurdles the build is facing is inflation and its impact on the budget. Dobson noted that the numerous capital projects within the province could affect the labour market as well.

“We’re just in our design development phase. Once we finalize a design, we will assess if the budget is adequate. If not, we will make necessary cuts,” he said.

Following budgetary adjustments, the project management team will put out a request for proposal for a general contractor.

Dobson noted that while the project is gaining momentum, meetings with teachers and students will be delayed due to the summer break.

“The goal is one year for design and development and two years for construction, aiming for the school to open in September 2027,” he said.