July 25, 2007
School Infrastructure Top Priority for Williams Government
From Hopedale to Witless Bay, and from Port aux Basques to Eastport, students and teachers in this province are seeing the results of approximately $111 million worth of new school construction, maintenance and repair projects since 2004. This unprecedented level of funding is part of the Williams Government commitment to the students of Newfoundland and Labrador and to their future success.
The Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education, was at St. Peter�s Elementary in Upper Island Cove today to see how some of this funding is being spent. Approximately $195,000 of work got underway this week on a roof repair/replacement project on the school.
"New curriculum and modern resources are an important part of the learning process, but they must be coupled with buildings that are clean, safe and secure," said the Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education. "While we are in the process of addressing years of neglect, we also recognize that preventative measures will reduce the risk of problems developing in the future. There is construction and maintenance work happening all over the province that is greatly improving our school buildings for today and for the future."
Funding has been allocated for the construction of 11 new schools, as well as renovations and extensions to many existing buildings. There are also 200 roofing, siding, window and exterior maintenance projects either completed or underway, at a cost of approximately $25 million.
In addition, over $2.4 million has been approved for 25 fire and life safety projects, such as fire protection systems, fire rated corridors, and electrical upgrades. Approximately $2.6 million has been approved for 87 air quality projects such as air quality and hazardous material testing, remediation, carpet removal and ventilation. Minister Burke noted that an enhanced school inspection program is being developed and that the Department of Education is working with school boards and environmental health officers with the Department of Government Services to identify schools where inspections should be carried out.
"More than $24 million has been invested in projects involving the repair or replacement of roofing, siding, windows and brickwork since 2004. This year alone, 50 projects are being assessed. It is important parents understand the level of work that had been done � and continues to be done � to make our schools safe. St. Peter�s Elementary is just one example of the significant number of projects underway throughout the province," said Minister Burke.
Photo #1: Joan Burke, Minister of Education, is joined by George Adams, Mayor of Upper Island Cove, Eric A. Snow, trustee for the area of Bryant's Cove to Marysvale, Eastern School District and Alexandra Goff, Principal of St. Peter's Elementary.
The following is an overview of school capital construction projects since 2004:
Leading Tickles Primary - new school ($1 million)
Projects Under Construction:
Herdman Collegiate, Corner Brook � redevelopment
Projects in the Early Development Stage:
L'Anse au Loup - new K-12 school ($800,000)
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