In a news release on June 16, 2017, the Manitoba Government announced the process to build a new K-8 school in Winkler. The new K-8 school, now officially named Pine Ridge Elementary School, will be built on Roblin Blvd. West in Winkler.

The school will be built for 675 students, with the capacity to expand to serve 875 students with the future construction of an eight-classroom addition. The new 84,000 sq.ft. elementary school will have kindergarten classrooms, regular classrooms, science labs and an art room, in addition to other specialized spaces such as a large library, computer room, resource teaching space, life-skills suite, multipurpose room, band room, home economics and industrial arts areas, and a large gymnasium.

The new school will feature an integrated child-care centre that will accommodate 20 infants and 54 preschool children. It will also feature a large space to be used for nursery and before and after-school programming.

The schools will be designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating. The planning of the new K-8 School is on schedule. Project drawings will be complete by December 31, 2017. Tender is slated for January 2018, and construction to begin in February 2018.

The new school will be open to students in the classroom in September 2019.

Please visit the side links under Pine Ridge Elementary School to follow the construction updates on GVSD's newest school, plus all of the other exciting division-funded and capital projects.