MONCTON (GNB) – A new school for students in kindergarten through Grade 8 will be built in Moncton’s west end.

“Education is key to New Brunswick’s economic future and social fabric,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “By building new schools, we are helping our students succeed, supporting the work in our 10-year education plans and stimulating the economy.”

The new school will replace Bessborough School, built in 1958, and Hillcrest School, built in 1954.

“A new state-of-the-art west end school to replace Bessborough School and Hillcrest School is fantastic news,” said Harry Doyle, chair of the Anglophone East School District Education Council. “This is great news for the district education council that voted unanimously for this project, and especially for the west end community represented so ably by the parent school support committees that devoted time and effort in pursuing a project that will be a great addition to their community. This is another example of what can be accomplished when we work together.”

In the 2018-19 provincial budget, $1.5 million has been allocated to begin planning for the new school. About $105 million will be invested in public schools this fiscal year.

“Your government recognizes the importance of having the proper infrastructure in place for our children and educators to have the best learning environment possible,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “That is why we are committed to community-based education facilities that serve our goals for everyone to achieve their personal best. Investing in our school environments means helping our students to thrive and achieve their fullest potential.”

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

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.