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June 3, 2009

Placentia School Project Moves Forward

Walls will soon start to rise on a new school in Placentia. The tender to construct the

Grade 7-12 facility, valued at approximately $11 million, has been awarded to Marco Services Ltd., and site work will begin shortly adjacent to the existing Laval High School. It is anticipated the school will be completed by fall, 2010.

"I know everyone in the Placentia area is excited about this new facility," said the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Education. "I am very pleased to see this important phase of the project get underway and once complete, teachers and students will have a safe, healthy, modern learning environment that will serve the Placentia area for years to come."

The facility will include a skilled trades suite, a home economics room, a fitness room, library resource centre, a computer room, a multi-purpose/lunch room, as well as a kitchen and canteen, a medical room, and areas to accommodate students with diverse learning needs.

There will be a number of enhancements to the school with a $1.8 million contribution from Vale Inco. These include an enhanced regulation size gymnasium with a track, an expanded fitness room and an expanded music room.

"This is great news for the Placentia region," said Felix Collins, MHA for Placentia. "This much anticipated facility will be a tremendous asset to the area and we look forward to the beginning of construction. I congratulate the school councils of the area for their collaboration and support for this project. I also want to congratulate and thank Vale Inco for its contribution and for its demonstration of corporate citizenship. This new school is a further indication of a bright future for the region."

There are currently 11 new schools being funded by the Provincial Government in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador. Site development or the main construction phase will occur this year on new schools in L�Anse au Loup, Torbay, Baie Verte, Placentia, Port Saunders, Port Hope Simpson, two schools in Paradise, and a new Francophone school in Happy Valley-Goose Bay to replace the current facility, �cole Bor�ale. The remaining two projects are replacements for Davis Elementary in Carbonear and St. Teresa�s Elementary in St. John�s, which were announced in February 2009 as part of the Provincial Government�s $121.5 million commitment to K-12 infrastructure, and supported in Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation.

"This is an incredible number of new school construction projects and is in addition to an unprecedented amount of repair and maintenance work happening in schools across the province," said Minister King. "We will remain diligent about improving school infrastructure and taking the necessary steps to ensure the best possible learning environments for students, teachers and staff."

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Media contacts:

Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 689-2624
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members� Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2009 06 03                                                    10:00 a.m.

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