EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – The provincial government is conducting a building assessment to determine the need for upgrades at Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany.

“This assessment is the first step in making the necessary improvements to this school,” said Economic Development Minister Francine Landry. “Investing in education is crucial to the health of our families, and the strength of our economy.”

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

The study will identify building components in need of repairs or upgrades, and will also include cost estimates for potential work.

The school was built in 1971 and has nearly 950 students. In terms of area, it is the largest school in New Brunswick. The building also houses the District scolaire francophone Nord-Ouest office.

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

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.