GRAND FALLS (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $1.7 million in Polyvalente Thomas-Albert in Grand Falls.

“A high-quality early learning and education system is the pillar of a strong and dynamic province, which is why it is a top priority of our government,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

The project is designed to address all the repairs and renovations needed to add 30 years of life to the school, which was built in 1969 and serves about 580 students. Renovations began in June 2013 and will be completed in this fall.

“These investments mean that we will have the appropriate infrastructure to help our students become engaged citizens, interested in lifelong learning with the necessary skills to make an effective and concrete contribution to society and the economy,” said Victoria-La Vallée MLA Chuck Chiasson.

Chiasson attended the event for the Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

The repairs and renovations include improvements to laboratories, replacement of traditional blackboards with whiteboards, replacement of interior and exterior doors, painting, and repairs to damaged asphalt.

About $88 million will be invested in public schools in 2017-18.