RIVERVIEW, N.B. – The shovels are officially in the ground for the new K-8 school in east Riverview.

A number of dignitaries were on hand today for the official sod-turning ceremony on the new Gunningsville school, which is being built on an 11.6 hectare lot off the Old Coach Road.

Education Minister Jody Carr is pleased with the location of the new school, which was selected with a view to future municipal growth.

“That’s how we’ve determined a lot of our school project locations in the Moncton area, based on criteria and environment, and working with partners.”

Local MLA Wayne Steeves says the school will be a catalyst for development in the area.

“I think this will open up this area of Riverview, and people will want to live here because there’s schools close by.  I think it’s really going to develop it.”

The new $21.6-million facility is slated to open next fall.

It will replace both the Gunningsville and Lower Coverdale elementary schools, both of which were built in the 1950′s.