May 3, 2010
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - The provincial government will invest more than $1 million to modernize and improve schools across School District 16 this fiscal year.
Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today while visiting with students at James M. Hill Memorial High School in Miramichi.
"By improving New Brunswick's schools we are providing our young people with better opportunities to learn and be successful," Graham said. "This will give them the tools they need to find good jobs and a bright future here at home."
In January, the provincial government announced it would nearly double its investment in building and modernizing schools this year, to $95.7 million in 2010-11 from $49.5 million in 2009-10. More than $1 million of those funds will be used to replace aging infrastructure across School District 16. Most of the repairs will take place over the summer and will include items such as new roofs, windows and plumbing.
In addition to upgrades to existing schools throughout School District 16, the budget includes a $14.8-million investment for construction of the Eleanor W. Graham Middle School in Rexton.
Education Minister Roland Haché noted that the Department of Education's plan, When Kids Come First, committed to ensuring that children, teachers and staff go to school in a healthy, safe and modern learning environment.
"The physical learning environment is an important part of the overall education experience for students," said Haché. "Our government will continue to make the necessary changes and investments to achieve self-sufficiency and to prepare students today to take their place in the 21st-century global economy and society."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of major renovation and construction projects follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Hillary Casey, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2547; Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919.