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August 13, 2001


Minister updates school construction projects

Education Minister Judy Foote today announced updates to the many construction and renovation projects under way throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

"We are determined that all students across the province enjoy the benefits of high quality, safe, state-of-the-art school facilities," said Minister Foote.

"The additional $23 million provided through this year's budget ensured our ability to move forward with planned construction and upgrading throughout the summer."

Students in eight communities throughout the province are attending new schools, while construction is under way, or about to start, on new schools in Manuels, New World Island, Old Pelican, Plum Point, Pouch Cove and Roddickton.

Planning has begun for the construction of new schools in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Mud Lake, Postville, Lance-au-Loup, Burgeo and Lawn.

In addition to school construction projects, $3 million was provided for 51 new roofing projects and $500,000 was made available for carpet replacements in many schools. Communities benefitting from window or siding replacement projects, new ventilation systems and roof repairs include Corner Brook, Grand Bank, Lake Melville, Port Rexton, Robert's Arm, St. John's, St. Lawrence and Winterton. 

"Government's continued commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities, and modern teaching and learning resources will ensure our students are prepared to meet the challenges of the future," added the minister.

Since 1997, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has invested $160 million to construct new schools, and redevelop and upgrade existing facilities.

Media contact: Nora Daly, PR Specialist, (709) 729-1906.

2001 08 13                                              4:25 p.m.

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