NEGUAC (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $2.6 million in Centre scolaire communautaire La fontaine to complete renovations and expand the school’s trade workshops.

“We are continuing to make record investments in education because we know that education is a priority for New Brunswickers,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Having the proper infrastructure in place to enable youth to explore trades is important as it will help strengthen the workforce in our province.”

The project includes renovations and a 150-square metre expansion of the school's trade workshops. Trades taught are mechanical, carpentry, technical drawing and wood transformation.

The school was built in 1992 and has 438 students from kindergarten to Grade 12. The design work is completed and construction is expected to start soon.

“Your government understands how important it is to have the best learning environment for our students,” said Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris. “Bringing the space up to provincial standards will ensure they develop a range of skills and develop to their full potential.”

Harris spoke on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

Close to $106 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 key priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.