REVISED / Provincial government nearly doubling investment in building,
repairing, modernizing schools (10/01/19)
Jan. 19, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will nearly double its investment in building,
repairing and modernizing schools in fiscal 2010-11.
Education Minister Roland Haché today released the Department of Education's $95.7-million capital
budget while presenting the department's estimates for the upcoming fiscal year. Last year, the
department's capital budget was nearly $49.5 million.
"In the plan, When Kids Come First, the provincial government committed itself to ensuring that our
children, teachers and support staff go to school in a healthy, safe and modern learning environment," said
Haché. "This year's investment in our schools continues the work that has been done over the past three
years to modernize school infrastructure."
The department's capital budget is divided into three categories: major capital projects; capital
improvement projects; and equipment.
The capital budget consists of 16 new major capital construction projects, including four new
private/public partnerships (P3). The budget includes $44 million earmarked for the two previously
announced P3 schools in Moncton North (School District 2) and the Eleanor Graham School in Rexton
(School District 16). Capital improvement projects total $19.9 million.
The projects were selected from the lists of priorities established by each of the province's 14 district
education councils and school districts.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of major renovation and construction projects follows. MEDIA CONTACTS:
Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919; Johanne Le Blanc,
communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.
Major ($500,000 and more) renovation and construction projects, 2010-11
- $5 million to complete the $16.5-million expansion of École Sainte-Thérèse. This school, able to
accommodate 600 students from kindergarten to Grade 5, is expected to open this fall.
- Moncton North: P3. Planning and construction of a new K-8 school to accommodate growth in the
surrounding community. The new school will have space for 600 students.
- New Riverview school: P3. Construction of a K-8 school (650 students) to accommodate the growth in
the surrounding community and to close aging and over-populated facilities. Completion date is
estimated to be September 2012.
- A total of $1.8 million allocated for the rationalization of schools in the Grand Falls area. Architectural
planning will be adjusted on the Sacré-Coeur elementary school, which will be able to accommodate
students from kindergarten to Grade 6. Construction of the school is slated to begin during 2010.
- $6.4 million for the construction of a school for students in Balmoral, Dundee and Eel River Crossing.
The school will accommodate 350 students from kindergarten to Grade 8.
- Polyvalente Roland-Pépin - $1.875 million. Renovation and refit of the school (grades 7-12) to meet
new requirements and modern teaching needs.
- École Carrefour-Étudiant - $500,000. This project includes an expansion of the gym, addition of a new
parking lot, and, through a partnership with the Town of Beresford, the addition of a public school
- Kennebecasis Park School: P3. Construction of a K-5 school for 300 students on existing school
property. Completion date is estimated to be September 2012.
- Bayside Middle School: $1.7 million for completion of Phase 3 of a multi-year project, which includes
the opening of a $2.7-million gym and $1.1 million for a new cafeteria and kitchen services. The final
phase includes upgrades to electrical and sprinkler system and improved drainage around the school.
- The provincial government is contributing $540,000, the community, another $120,000, for a total of $660,000
this year for architectural design work. This is for major renovations and a expansion to École
Secondaire Assomption in Rogersville, which will create a K-12 community school with a public
- Andover Elementary: $1.95 million for construction of a gymnasium, including stage area and
bleachers. Construction will be completed by September 2011.
- Southern Carleton: $650,000 to initiate planning and design for a K-8 school on existing property for
- Lower Lincoln Elementary: $500,000 to initiate educational and architectural planning for renovations
and additions to the school to bring up to standards and to alleviate overcrowding.
- Alexander Gibson Elementary/South Devon Elementary: P3. A K-5 school (Microsoft school
designation) will be constructed on existing government property. Completion date is September 2012.
- Doaktown Consolidated: $3 million to renovate classrooms to accommodate K-5 students as part of a
commitment to Central New Brunswick Academy.
- Central New Brunswick Academy: $5.2 million to complete the $15.4-million school, scheduled to
open in September.