REVISED / Education capital budget continues to increase (05/01/06)

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Jan. 6, 2005

FREDERICTON (CNB) - For the third consecutive year, the amount of capital investment to improve New Brunswick schools has increased, Education Minister Madeleine Dubé announced.

The 2005-2006 capital budget for the Department of Education is $48 million, which represents a $2 million or 4.3 per cent increase over the previous year.

"In the Quality Learning Agenda, we made a commitment that our schools would be safe, healthy places to learn and work," Dubé said. "This $48 million capital investment is the largest in five years, and clearly demonstrates that we are determined to fulfil our commitment."

Included in the capital budget are 124 construction, renovation and improvement projects that will be undertaken at various schools around the province. These projects include architectural planning, structural repairs, replacing roofs and windows and installing new ventilation systems.

The projects were chosen from the lists of priorities established by each of the province's 14 school districts.

"We value the input that the District Education Council members provide in identifying the highest priorities for their districts," Dubé said. "All input is greatly appreciated and respected."


EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of major renovation and construction projects is attached. MEDIA CONTACTS: Jason Humphrey or Hugues Beaulieu, Education, 506-444-4714.

Highlights of 2005-2006 Education Department Capital Budget

District 1

District 3

District 11

District 2

District 10

District 14

District 15

District 16

District 18