SAINT JOHN (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $4 million to continue construction of a new elementary school in West Saint John.

This investment is being made as part of the 2017-18 capital budget.

“Ensuring that we have the appropriate infrastructure in place to serve current and future students is important as we look to improve our education system and implement our 10-year education plans,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “Investments such as this will give our students positive learning environments and help them become engaged citizens and life-long learners who have the skills to build bright futures by contributing to society and the economy.”

Construction on the three-storey building began in November 2015 next to the existing Havelock School. The new school, scheduled to open in September, will accommodate 470 students and replace St. Patrick’s, Havelock and Seawood schools. It will include a cafeteria, gym, music room, performing arts room, library and two multipurpose rooms, as well as 23 classrooms and other spaces. This funding announcement raises the total investment in the school to nearly $20 million.

“We are proud to continue to invest in the priorities of New Brunswickers,” said Kenny. “We know that making strategic investments in education will benefit generations of students and help make New Brunswick the best place to raise a family.”

About $88 million will be invested in New Brunswick’s schools in 2017-18.