MIRAMICHI (GNB) – The official opening for the renovated and expanded Gretna Green School was held today in Miramichi.

“Your government understands that education is a priority for New Brunswickers,” said Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris. “By investing in these renovations and additions at Gretna Green School, we are helping our students succeed and supporting the work in our 10-year education plans.”

Harris spoke for Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

Significant work was done as the building was upgraded to meet present-day codes and converted to accommodate students from kindergarten to Grade 8

Renovations were done to convert the gymnasium into a cafeteria, kitchen, music room and performing arts space. A new driveway was created to separate bus traffic from other traffic at the school.

The $10-million project also featured the creation of new teaching spaces, including an early childhood development space and a technology lab. There is a new gymnasium and a new area for administration and staff.

About 325 students attend the school.

About $88 million will be invested in public 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.