Newfoundland’s Cabot Academy completes $481,000 worth of electrical and other upgrades
By Alyssa Dalton
May 2, 2011
The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced the completion of $481,000 worth of electrical and other upgrades to Cabot Academy in Western Bay–the first in a series of renovations to local schools. Up next on the agenda–new windows and siding valued at $257,000 for Epiphany Elementary in Heart’s Delight-Islington; and a roof replacement and an upgrade of windows and stairs at Acreman Elementary in Green’s Harbour, said Joan Burke, minister of Education.
“The [Epiphany Elementary] project is the latest in a series of exterior upgrades to schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador that have been approved or completed in recent years,” said Burke. “Since 2004, more than $41 million has been allocated for 245 projects for everything from new windows to canopy replacements to brick and mortar upgrades. We recognize the importance of protecting our investment in schools by providing the necessary upgrades to ensure their longevity.”
“I am very pleased with the significant infrastructure improvements planned for Epiphany Elementary,” said Charlene Johnson, minister of Child, Youth and Family Services and MHA for Trinity-Bay de Verde. “Commitments such as these reinforce our government’s dedication to providing a superior educational system throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Funding for this project is part of the $113 million allocated this year for K-12 infrastructure throughout the province. According to the Newfoundland and Labrador government, this includes funding for electrical system upgrades, as well as new schools, roofing projects, window and siding replacements, enhanced accessibility and renovated skilled trades suites.
The government also said that over the past seven years, almost $465 million has been approved for new school construction, repairs and maintenance throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.