Education Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Quality School Facilities

In response to the 2005 Auditor General’s Report, released today, Education Minister Madeleine Dubé reaffirmed the provincial government’s ongoing commitment to improving school facilities throughout New Brunswick.

“Our schools are very safe,” Dubé said. “But when it comes to the well-being of our students and teachers, we cannot rest on our laurels. For this reason, we will be developing an action plan with our school districts and stakeholders to improve our procedures and practices for maintaining school infrastructure.”

Chapter 3 of the 2005 Auditor General’s Report examines whether or not the Department of Education has adequate mechanisms and methods in place to ensure proper maintenance of school facilities.

“In our Quality Learning Agenda, we committed to providing students and educators with safe, healthy places to learn and work,” Dubé said. “Over the past six years, the budget for school renovations and construction has grown continuously, helping us achieve our goal of providing quality education. The capital budget for 2006-07 will reach $58 million, an increase of 21 per cent over the previous year. That makes it the largest capital budget in close to 20 years.”

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nim s island download free There are now 330 schools in New Brunswick, with 114,820 students in attendance, in 14 school districts.

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“Our commitment to the well-being of our students and teachers is clear,” Dubé said. “From 1999 to the present, including the 2006-07 capital budget, government will have invested $327 million in the construction of new schools and the improvement of existing schools throughout New Brunswick. As a result, the number of repairs required in our schools for health and safety reasons has decreased by half compared with September 1998.”