Supply and Services / Education

Province awards steel and concrete tenders for New Bandon school (08/12/08)

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Dec. 8, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Tenders worth $2,797,790 for foundations and steel for the construction of a new school in New Bandon have been awarded to Castle Rock Construction Services of Saint John. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement today.

The school is being constructed along Route 8, midway between Boiestown and Doaktown, and will accommodate 350 students in grades 6-12.

"Education is a central element in our Charter for Change plan for New Brunswick, and improving our school system is one of the cornerstones of our government's self-sufficiency platform," said Doherty. "It is vital that our children have access to the proper resources, and can learn in healthy and safe environments. I'm pleased that we are moving quickly on this important infrastructure project for the Miramichi region."

Construction is underway, and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010. The facility will house a new community library and replace two old schools: Doaktown Primary, which was built in 1925, and the Upper Miramichi Regional High School, which was built in 1949.

"This government is committed to building a quality education system where kids come first," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock. "Providing a quality and modern learning environment for our students by replacing aging and outdated infrastructure is an important part of our commitment."

The new school will be energy efficient, and will contain green features such as the use of natural light and the reduction of water use. The 2008-09 capital budget allocated $4 million for its construction.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Sharon Jones, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Valerie Kilfoil, director of communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919.

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