Presentation of model, artist's rendering of Moncton's new school complex (04/01/12)

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Jan. 12, 2004

MONCTON (CNB) - Premier Bernard Lord today unveiled the model and artist's rendering of Moncton's new school complex for francophone students.

The new complex, with a surface area of more than 16,000 square metres, will consist of two schools, one for grades 6 to 8, with the capacity to accommodate 575 students, and the other for Grades 9 to 12, with a capacity of 850 students.

The mock-up of the new Moncton School Complex. (Large photo)

"This project offers numerous advantages, from several points of view," Lord said. "In addition, it reflects our commitment to equipping New Brunswick with a high-calibre education system."

Each school will have its own classrooms and specialized facilities as well as a gymnasium and cafeteria. Only a few facilities will be shared, namely, the kitchen, stage, and school library.

Representing an investment of $24.2 million in the City of Moncton, the new complex will be built near the Université de Moncton and is expected to welcome its first students in the fall of 2005.

"In our Quality Learning Agenda, we pledged to ensure safe, healthy learning and working environments," the premier said. "I believe the realization of this project clearly shows that we are people of our word."


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