MONCTON (GNB) –The provincial government is investing $2 million to begin planning for a new francophone school in Moncton for kindergarten to Grade 8.

“Your government understands that investment in infrastructure is needed to respond to the growing number of students in the Moncton area,” said Moncton East MLA Monique LeBlanc. “It is important to have adequate infrastructure in place to provide students with the best possible learning environment so they can develop their full potential while enabling us to attain the objectives of the 10-year education plans.”

LeBlanc attended for Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

The new school will be built to deal with the growing number of students at École Le Sommet and École Champlain. The location will be chosen during the 2018-19 fiscal year.

“There was an urgent need to build a new school in Moncton to make up for the lack of space in current schools,” said Francophone Sud District Education Council Chair Paul Demers. “We thank the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which recognized this priority of the District Education Council.”

About $105 million will be invested in public schools in 2018-19.

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.

One objective in the plans is to foster leadership, active citizenship and an entrepreneurial mindset in order to develop socially responsible citizens who feel connected to their communities.