REVISED / Education capital budget continues to increase (05/01/06)
Jan. 6, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - For the third consecutive year, the amount of capital investment to improve New Brunswick
schools has increased, Education Minister Madeleine Dubé announced.
The 2005-2006 capital budget for the Department of Education is $48 million, which represents a $2 million or 4.3 per cent
increase over the previous year.
"In the Quality Learning Agenda, we made a commitment that our schools would be safe, healthy places to learn and
work," Dubé said. "This $48 million capital investment is the largest in five years, and clearly demonstrates that we are
determined to fulfil our commitment."
Included in the capital budget are 124 construction, renovation and improvement projects that will be undertaken at various
schools around the province. These projects include architectural planning, structural repairs, replacing roofs and windows
and installing new ventilation systems.
The projects were chosen from the lists of priorities established by each of the province's 14 school districts.
"We value the input that the District Education Council members provide in identifying the highest priorities for their
districts," Dubé said. "All input is greatly appreciated and respected."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of major renovation and construction projects is attached.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jason Humphrey or Hugues Beaulieu, Education, 506-444-4714.
Highlights of 2005-2006 Education Department Capital Budget
- $11.2 million will be spent to finish construction of the new school complex
in Moncton, which will welcome its first students in September 2005.
- $200,000 has been budgeted for architectural planning of renovations at
Polyvalente Mathieu-Martin in Dieppe.
- A budget of $20,000 has been set aside for the completion of studies to
determine the characteristics of construction and expansion projects at the
Sainte-Anne and Samuel-de-Champlain school-community centres. The cost-sharing
arrangements for these two projects are currently being discussed by the federal
government and the Department of Intergovernmental and International Relations.
- A budget of $3.2 million has been set aside for the last phase of construction
of the new school in Edmundston, which will welcome its first students in
- Renovations will continue at École Notre-Dame in Edmundston, with
a budget of $1.5 million. Once the project is complete, the school will be
able to accommodate grades 7 and 8 students from École Cormier, which
will close as part of the school rationalization project in Edmundston.
- $518,000 will be dedicated to undertake improvements at Cité-des-Jeunes-A.-M.-Sormany
- $700,000 has been budgeted to expand the gymnasium at École Saint-Joseph.
Once this project is completed, the school will be able to accommodate Grade
8 students from Saint-Joseph who are currently attending École Cormier.
- $982,000 will be dedicated to establish the office of School District 3
at Cité-des-Jeunes-A.-M.-Sormany in Edmundston. The new office will
open its doors in the fall of 2005.
- $500,000 has been budgeted for architectural planning of upgrades and renovations
at École Clément-Cormier in Bouctouche. Some of the work will
start this year.
- $2 million will be spent to finish a major renovation project at Harrison
Trimble High School. This $5.2-million project involves building a new up-to-standard
gymnasium that meets curriculum requirements and upgrading the school's heating
plant and ventilation system.
- $1.5 million has been budgeted to start the first phase of construction
of the new Havelock school, which will accommodate kindergarten to Grade 5
students. The architectural planning will be completed in the current fiscal
- $200,000 will be spent on architectural planning for major additions and renovations at St. Stephen Elementary School,
which are needed because enrolments at that school are increasing. The work will involve building a gymnasium,
classrooms, and a cafeteria.
- Construction of the new Hartland Community School will continue, with $4.6
million budgeted for phase two. The project will cost $11.9 million in all
and will result in the closure of two old schools.
The new school will open its doors in September 2006.
- $3 million has been budgeted to continue construction of the new elementary school in Bathurst. This project will result
in the closure of three old schools.
- Architectural planning for the construction of a new school in Tabusintac
will begin, with a budget of $250,000. The existing school had to be closed
in 2002 because of problems with mould, and the students were transferred
to Brantville School.
- A budget of $300,000 has been set aside for architectural planning of additions
and renovations at Eleanor W. Graham Middle School. The projected cost of
this work is $2.3 million, and once it is completed, the school will be able
to handle increasing enrolments and stop using mobile classrooms.
- $500,000 will be spent on architectural planning for a new school to replace Albert Street School.