MIRAMICHI (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $4.7 million to continue construction of an elementary school in Miramichi as part of the 2017-18 capital budget.

“I am pleased that this new school is being built in Miramichi,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “This investment will ensure that our infrastructure continues to meet the needs of our students and will benefit our children and our communities.”

The $18.13 million school is being built on King Street in the east section of the city with a planned opening in the fall. It will accommodate 400 students and will replace Ian Baillie Primary School, built in 1959, and St. Andrews Elementary School, built in 1963.

“Our government continues to make record investments in education because we know that education is a priority for New Brunswickers,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “Having the proper infrastructure in place is important as we work with our partners to implement our 10-year education plans.”

About $88 million will be invested in public schools in 2017-18.