Close to 300 students are expected to occupy Kugaaruk’s new school as of September.
With the future in mind, the school was designed to accommodate up to 450 pupils.
Kudlik Construction, which has built many of Nunavut’s educational facilities, was awarded the contract in 2017, only months after fire destroyed Kugaardjuk Ilihakvik on the night of Feb. 28, 2017. A teenager was charged with arson shortly after that costly incident.
The new building, with a budget of approximately $40 million, will be 49,470 square feet, considerably larger than the former Kugaardjuk Ilihakvik, which measured 36,425 square feet.