Province investing $3.8 million in capital projects in School District 15 (05/10/18)

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Oct. 18, 2005

FREDERICTON (CNB) - School District 15 has received $3.8 million for major and capital improvement projects for the fiscal year 2005-2006, Education Minister Madeleine Dubé said today.


"In our Quality Learning Agenda, we committed to providing students and educators with safe, healthy places to learn and work," Dubé said. "Students and educators expect and deserve to learn and teach in the best possible environment, and the investment we are making in School District 15 will help us achieve our goal of providing quality education."

Dubé today visited Mary Gosnell Elementary School in Bathurst to talk with students and teachers about their upcoming move to the new Bathurst Elementary School that is currently being constructed and is scheduled for completion in September 2006.

"This year we have allocated $3 million for the next construction phase of the new Bathurst Elementary School," the minister said. "Upon completion of the project we will have invested $8.5 million in a new state of the art school."

The new Bathurst Elementary school, to be located on Basin Road, is one of several School District 15 capital budget projects in 2005-2006.

Other projects include:

The projects were selected from the yearly priority lists established by School District 15.

"We value and appreciate the input that the district education council members provide," Dubé said. "I thank the members of the district education councils for their diligent work in helping to identify high priority projects, especially those where health and safety issues must be addressed."

The $3.8 million investment in School District 15 is part of the Department of Education's $48 million budget this year for capital projects.

"Over the past six years, we have invested $269 million in new schools and capital improvements to existing schools throughout New Brunswick," the minister said. "As a result, we are meeting our commitment to invest in projects which ensure our province's schools are healthy and safe."


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