Feb. 3, 2010
HAMPTON (CNB) - The provincial government will invest nearly $1.3 million to repair and improve schools in District 6.
Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement while visiting students at Hampton Elementary School.
"Our government is focused on three priorities this year: jobs; learning and health; and senior care," Graham said. "We're building our knowledge base by creating the best opportunities to learn. Ensuring our kids have safe and healthy environments in which to do so is an integral part of that effort."
As announced last month in the Department of Education's 2010-11 budget estimates, the provincial government will invest $1,285,000 to replace aging infrastructure across District 6, which includes Apohaqui, Belleisle, Fairvale, Hammond River, Hampton, Norton, Quispamsis, Rothesay and Sussex.
The funding will enable several area schools to undertake major upgrades to things such as sprinkler systems and bus-loading areas. At Hampton Elementary School, funding will be used to replace the roof and to continue work to improve its ventilation system.
In January, the provincial government announced it would nearly double its investment in building, repairing and modernizing schools, to $95.7 million in 2010-11 from $49.5 million in fiscal 2009-10.
In addition to funding renovation and modernization work, this year's budget commits the provincial government to replacing Kennebecasis Park Elementary School with a new school on the existing property.
Education Minister Roland Haché noted that his department's plan, When Kids Come First, committed the government to ensuring that children, teachers and staff go to school in a healthy, safe and modern learning environment.
"This year's investments in our schools continue the work that has been done over the past three years to modernize school infrastructure," Haché said. "Our government has and will continue to make the changes and investments we need today to achieve self-sufficiency tomorrow."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of major renovation and construction projects in School Distrct 6 follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919; Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.
School District 6 capital projects, 2010-11