FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing about $5 million on upgrades to Fredericton High School as part of the 2017-18 capital budget.

“I am pleased that we are able to provide the students of Fredericton High School with a more modern and updated learning environment,” said deputy premier Stephen Horsman. “Having the proper infrastructure in place is important as we work to implement our 10-year education plans, and this project will ensure that the needs of students will continue to be met.”

Horsman spoke on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

The second and final phase of the multi-year upgrade project is underway. Work will include improvements to the security infrastructure and mechanical and electrical systems, as well as interior finishing.

Phase 1 of the project began in June 2016 and is now complete. At a cost of $2.4 million, it involved renovations to two of the school’s three gymnasiums, including new change rooms with barrier-free facilities; new mechanical ventilation systems; new flooring in the weight room and training facility; and structural upgrades to masonry walls in the gymnasiums.

The upgrades are meant to address deficiencies within the school’s infrastructure, modernizing the building and extending its use by at least 30 years.

All work is scheduled to be complete by fall 2018. The total cost is about $14.1 million.

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 priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.