SAINT JOHN (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $21.6 million in upgrades at Saint John High School.

“Education is crucial to our economy and to the health of our families,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “Your government recognizes the importance of having safe and healthy infrastructure in place in our schools.”

A building assessment was completed last year and the results showed that a mid-life upgrade was feasible. Such upgrades are meant to address all architectural, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical deficiencies of a school, as well as modernize it and extend its use by 30 years or more.

The government is aware that there is asbestos in some areas of the school. Part of the mid-life upgrade will include safely removing all asbestos from the building in keeping with health and safety standards.

Design work will begin this spring.

The school was built in 1932 and has more than 900 students.

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.