Oct. 1, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A ceremony was held Wednesday evening to open officially Bliss Carman Middle School in Fredericton.
Those taking part in the event included Premier Shawn Graham, Education Minister Roland Haché and Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. Students, teachers, parents and representatives of School District 18 also attended.
"The Government of New Brunswick is very proud to have invested $12.4 million in the construction of this modern school," said Graham. "This school represents an important investment in our education system, and it is crucial to our goal of building a future workforce for a stronger, more self-sufficient province."
The school, located on Kimble Drive, includes 24 classrooms, music room, two science labs, a library and resource centre, art room, cafetorium (stage and cafeteria combined) and a lab for home economics, woodworking and computer science.
The two-storey building has up-to-date features such as wireless Internet throughout; Smartboards in every classroom; motion-activated lights; and biometric technology in the cafeteria allowing students to pay for meals by scanning their thumb to access an online account.
"We've committed to build a quality education system where children come first," said Haché. "We are pleased to meet that commitment by providing the students of Bliss Carman Middle School with a modern facility that has all the right tools for teachers and staff to provide students with a well-rounded, enriching education."
Bliss Carman Middle School was built to replace the 54-year-old Albert Middle School. The building, which opened to students in the fall, accommodates 650 students from grades 6 to 8.
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.