CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – The official opening of the new school for Restigouche Centre, Le Galion des Appalaches, was held today in Campbellton.

“Your government is listening to the needs of the population and recognizes the importance of investing in school infrastructure,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “This new school meets the needs of families in the region and allows us to offer students the best possible learning environment.”

The school, which has students from kindergarten to Grade 8, replaces the Apollo XI, Mgr Melanson and Versant-Nord schools. In addition, Polyvalente Roland-Pépin, which was temporarily serving students in Grades 7 and 8, has gone back to being a high school and now accommodates students from Grades 9 to 12, as well as the school district’s satellite offices.

“As parents, elected officials and engaged citizens, we are hoping to broaden our children’s learning within a high-quality educational institution,” said Richard Gallant, vice-chair of the Francophone nord-est school district education council. “We are pleased to see that this wonderful community project has become a reality.”

The school serves 605 students from the communities of Saint-Arthur, Val-d’Amour, Atholville, Campbellton and surrounding areas.

The total cost of the project is $20.7 million, including $80,000 in funding for a playground in 2018-19.

The 2018-19 capital budget includes investments of $105.8 million in schools.

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.