MONCTON (GNB) – A ceremony to mark the official opening of École Champlain was held today for students, staff and guests.

“Investing in education infrastructure is important as we work towards achieving the objectives outlined in our 10-year education plans,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “This new school is welcome in the community as it will accommodate the needs of current and future students.”

The $24-million, K-8 school accommodates about 780 students. It includes 39 classrooms, a science lab, two gymnasiums, a library, a cafeteria, an early learning room along with two art, two music and three multi-purpose rooms.

The new building replaces the existing École Champlain, freeing up space at a nearby school, École Le Mascaret.

“I am pleased to celebrate the opening of our new École Champlain,” said school principal Mario Godin. “Along with the staff, the students and their parents, I thank the department for this important investment in the education of the children of the Moncton community. Our new infrastructure provides students and the whole community with a place to get together for school events or after-school activities in a healthy and safe environment.”

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.