MONCTON (CNB) – The provincial government announced that $10 million has been allocated in the 2011-12 capital budget to begin planning to build a new anglophone high school to replace Moncton High School.

The announcement was part of the $98.3-million Department of Education capital budget tabled in the legislative assembly today by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr.

"The future of Moncton High School has been an important issue for the students, staff and community for many years,” said Carr. "This investment shows that significant progress is being made in resolving the question about the future of Moncton High School. I appreciate the continued patience and understanding from everyone affected by this situation. I also thank School District 2 officials and district education council members for their hard work and dedication to resolving this issue."

Students and staff at Moncton High School were relocated to other schools in the district earlier this fall due to the condition of the building. Last month a working group was established to develop a contingency plan for the students in the event that they will not be able to return to the school next September. The group recently held its first meeting and will make a recommendation to the minister by Feb. 15.

Carr also announced that the provincial government will build a new K-8 school in Riverview, which will replace aging and crowded facilities.