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Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
July 2, 2009

Construction Underway on New School for L�Anse au Loup

With an investment of more than $14 million, students along the Labrador Straits will soon benefit from a new K-12 school in L�Anse au Loup. The facility will also house a family resource centre and a Community Youth Network Office.

"I am pleased to report that site work has been completed and construction has begun on the school itself," said the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Education. "The new facility will house all the necessary space and assets to serve students� needs, including a specific room for distance education, a computer room separate from the library resource centre and a skilled trades suite. With these additions, students will be better able to embrace everything the provincial curriculum has to offer."

The new school will also have a music room, science/art room, a multi-purpose lunch room, as well as a canteen and commercial kitchen, a home economics room, and a fitness room with change area and shower facilities.

"Moving forward with construction of this K-12 school is welcome news for students, parents and teachers on the Labrador Straits," said the Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs. "A key objective stated in the Northern Strategic Plan is improved and increased educational infrastructure throughout Labrador. The completion of this facility will see families in the area benefit from a truly modern multi-purpose educational facility that will assist in the delivery of enhanced educational programming."

Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation has allocated an additional $31 million for repairs and maintenance, extensions and new school construction bringing the total budget to $121.5 million. This is an increase of over $100 million since 2004, resulting in approximately 500 projects, including over 200 roofing projects and 190 building envelope projects, such as the replacement of windows and siding. In total, 470 air quality projects have been concluded.

"The last few weeks have seen a series of new school construction moving forward," said Minister King. "From Happy Valley-Goose Bay to L�Anse au Loup, and from Port Saunders to Placentia, new schools are being built province-wide. These schools will offer the highest quality learning opportunities, forming the foundation for our students to succeed in post-secondary and beyond."

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Media contacts:

Nora Daly
Communications Specialist
Department of Education
709-729-1906, 729-2819
John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-1674, 728-7762

2009 07 02                                                   12:05 p.m.

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