KEDGWICK (GNB) – The provincial government today revealed the conceptual image of the renovation work to be done at École Marie-Gaétane in Kedgwick.

The work, estimated to cost about $9.3 million, will begin during the summer. Renovations and upgrading will enable the school to accommodate students from kindergarten to Grade 7 from École Écho-Jeunesse.

“Your government is listening to the people of New Brunswick and understands that education is of great importance to them and to the growth and economic and social development of our province,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “We must offer our students the best possible conditions for their learning and the chance to receive a high-quality education. That is why we are making these significant investments in our schools.”

The project includes exterior and interior renovations, including the development of a workshop, as well as the addition of classrooms, a music room, and expanding the gym.

“Your government continues to invest in education and to make it a priority in order to offer students and families lively, welcoming, and safe learning environments,” said Restigouche West MLA Gilles LePage. “We are pleased with today’s announcement because it means the school will be able to respond adequately to the needs of the students and the community.”

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

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

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in key priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s budget will increase by 4.9 per cent in 2017-18.