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EDUCATION/CULTURE--Improvements for L. E. Shaw Elementary
L. E. Shaw Elementary School in Avonport keeps getting better
following an announcement that the $1.6-million third phase of
renovations is now under way.

Phase 3, which includes building a new gymnasium, cafeteria,
music/art room, administration offices and a staff room will be
completed by the time students, teachers and staff return from
summer holidays next September.

Education and Culture Minister Robbie Harrison said the
renovations give the community a school that is capable of
meeting the needs of students into the 21st century.

"L. E. Shaw is already a great school; that's clear every time I
visit and see the children taking part in activities," he said.
"What we see happening is that the new gymnasium, the music room
and all the other improvements are making an already great school
even better."

The design process for the addition is now well under way. An
architect is expected to be hired within weeks. Construction is
to begin in early spring and be completed over the summer.

Total cost of the renovations is $2.6 million. In phases 1 and 2,
work included replacing the old roof, exterior walls and
ventilation system, as well as reconfiguring the school's wiring
to support more computers.

Mr. Harrison thanked students, teachers and staff, parents,
community members and the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
for their efforts in supporting the project.

"When we build schools, community input is invaluable. You know
what the needs are within your community and what is required to
ensure those needs are met. I'd like to thank the board for
listening to your recommendations and making the renovations at
L. E. Shaw a priority."

The school has an enrolment of 240 students in Primary to Grade


Contact: Doug Hadley
         Education and Culture
         902-424-3999 or

ngr                   Oct. 23, 1997                2:55 pm