Sept. 30, 2005
MONCTON (CNB) - An inauguration ceremony was held today for the new $24.2-million schools in Moncton, Le Mascaret and L'Odyssée.
Those taking part in the event included Premier Bernard Lord, Education Minister Madeleine Dubé, Supply and Services Minister Dale Graham, along with students, teachers, parents and representatives of School District 1.
"Today's inauguration represents an historic moment for Moncton's Francophone community," Lord said. "Parents, students and teaching staff now have modern, state of the art facilities. I feel very proud about this project and I am delighted that it is now a reality."
The two schools that form the new school complex in Moncton cover an area of more than 16,000 square metres. Le Mascaret school can accommodate 575 students in grades 6 to 8, while L'Odyssée can accommodate 850 students in grades 9 through 12.
"In our Quality Learning Agenda, we made a commitment to provide our students and teachers with learning and working environments that are both safe and healthy," Dubé said. "The successful completion of this project shows that we are determined to fulfill that commitment."
"The opening of a new school is an important occasion for any community," said Ernest Thibodeau, chair of the District 1 Education Council. "The opening of the new school complex in Moncton is all the more important because we had to wait a long time for the project to become a reality."
Each school has its own classrooms and specialized facilities, as well as a gymnasium and a cafeteria. The kitchen, stage and library will be shared by both schools. The new complex replaces the old Vanier and Beauséjour schools.
"This is another example of our commitment to providing high-quality education for our students," Lord said. "When we invest in education, we invest in our future."
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