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Seven school boards will receive more than $1.5 million to assist
with repairs and renovations to about 15 schools, Education and
Culture Minister Robbie Harrison announced today.

"Building maintenance and repair are primarily school board
responsibilities, however the province helps out by funding
projects school boards have been unable to plan and pay for
through their regular funding," said Mr. Harrison.

"This assistance protects previous investment in our school
buildings and makes our schools better places for teachers,
students and communities."

The various projects are funded through the province's emergency
capital and environmental retrofit funding. Projects are
prioritized and approved, based on criteria ranging from air
quality to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Efforts
are also made to share available funds among as many boards as

Projects announced today include initiatives to improve student
access at Sydney Academy, St. Peter's District High, Rawdon
District Elementary, and North Colchester High School.
Environmental retrofit projects include a new roof for the
Wolfville School, and various projects at Sydney River
Elementary, Duncan MacMillan High School in Sheet Harbour, Ecole
Secondaire de Clare, Ecole NDA in Cheticamp, and New Germany

Dr. John Hugh Gillis in Antigonish will receive funding for a new
gym floor and an expansion will be carried out at Ecole
d'Immersion de la Baie St. Marie. Schools in the Halifax Regional
School Board and the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board will
receive funding for new portables to ease overcrowding.

Boards can also apply for funding for future projects through the
province's maintenance stabilization fund.


Contact: Catherine MacIsaac
         Education and Culture

trp                   June 27, 1997 - 2 p.m.