New school deemed one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most eco-friendly schools
May 24, 2011
Government representatives, school board officials, and the school community gathered at Elizabeth Park Elementary in Paradise, N.F.L. and Labrador, last month to celebrate the school’s grand opening, the second elementary school to open this year in that community.
By Alyssa Dalton
The school is one of four new schools constructed in the province to be heated with a ground source heat pump, meeting the objectives of the Provincial Energy Plan. As well, Elizabeth Park Elementary contains energy-efficient lighting, water-conservation features, and an interactive kiosk allowing students to monitor the school’s green initiatives, such as water consumption and electricity usage, and other energy performance features.
“Elizabeth Park Elementary is a state-of-the-art facility and a very valuable part of the Paradise community,” said Steve Kent, MHA for Mount Pearl North. “I want to thank the minister, government officials, fellow MHAs, the school council, administration and staff, the town council, parents, and the Eastern School District for helping to make our new school a reality.”
Built at a cost of $15 million, the school can accommodate 525 students, and features 24 classrooms, two music rooms, a learning resource centre, a multi-purpose room with kitchen, medical room, and other amenities.
“Today (April 15) we celebrate not only the official opening of this new facility, but a new era of education delivery for families in the area,” said Joan Burke, minister of Education. “This school and its sister school of Paradise Elementary are two of the most modern and environmentally-friendly schools in the province. We are very proud of the design of these schools, which offer safe, clean learning environments, and also ensure students learn the value of green initiatives and energy conservation.”
Burke noted that Elizabeth Park Elementary is one of seven new schools to open in the province in a little over a year, for a combined investment of more than $93 million. Since 2004, almost $465 million has been approved for school construction, repairs and maintenance, she added.