Epiphany El­e­men­tary to get facelift

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

New win­dows and sid­ing val­ued at $ 257,000 will soon be in­stalled at Epiphany El­e­men­tary in Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton, with the ten­der for the work hav­ing re­cently been awarded to At­lantic En­ter­prises of Spa­niard’s Bay.

“ This 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,” Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Joan Burke stated in a news re­lease.

“ 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.”

Burke noted that re­cent in­vest­ments in Trin­ity-Bay de Verde area schools in­cludes $481,000 worth of elec­tri­cal and other up­grades com­pleted last month at nearby Cabot Academy in West­ern Bay, and an up­com­ing pro­ject to re­place the roof, and up­grade win­dows and stairs at Acre­man El­e­men­tary in Green’s Har­bour.

“I am very pleased with the sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments planned for Epiphany El­e­men­tary,” said Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son. John­son is also Min­is­ter of Child, Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

“ These up­grades will en­sure safe and com­fort­able learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments for the chil­dren at­tend­ing this school. 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. This in­cludes fund­ing for new schools, roof­ing projects, win­dow and sid­ing re­place­ments, elec­tri­cal sys­tem up­grades, en­hanced ac­ces­si­bil­ity and ren­o­vated skilled trades suites.

Over the past seven years, al­most $ 465 mil­lion has been ap­proved for new school con­struc­tion, re­pairs and main­te­nance through­out New­found­land and Labrador. This level of in­vest­ment in school in­fra­struc­ture is un­prece­dented in the prov­ince’s his­tory.

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