ROTHESAY (CNB) – Kennebecasis Park Elementary School renovations have been approved and will proceed this fall, Environment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney confirmed today on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Minister Jody Carr.
 
The $5 million renovation project is designed to better accommodate the school's 200 students. The departments of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Supply and Services are working to finalize the renovation plans.

Blaney said that the province's fiscal reality necessitated taking a second look at all of the government’s capital projects.

"Finance Minister Blaine Higgs; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr; and I have been working with the community to ensure that any construction project is the right size and scope given the community's long-term needs," she said. "Today's announcement is both a considerable investment and a big savings."

The project's estimated cost represents a savings compared to the $12.2 million projected cost for the construction of a new school, which had been put on hold earlier this year.

The project will fund renovations throughout the school as well as the construction of additional classrooms to replace the existing modular classrooms. The school will be renovated to be meet accessibility standards and designed to accommodate further expansion, should it be necessary in the future.
 
A planning committee will be established to review the educational specifications and keep the costs as low as possible within the $5 million budget.

"Our government recognizes that this school is in need of repair," Blaney said. "I am so pleased that we have been able to find a cost-effective solution that not only addresses the needs of this particular community, but of all New Brunswickers."

The provincial government is currently developing a three year capital budget that will include an assessment of current and future elementary school needs in the Kennebecasis Valley.