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Southeast schools slated for upgrades

Province spending $55 million in schools across Manitoba

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Several southeast Winnipeg schools are set for various infrastructure upgrades.

The provincial government will spend almost $55 million to maintain and improve more than 100 schools across Manitoba, officials say.

Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum made the recent funding announcement at Dakota Collegiate, where work is underway to expand the gym, renovate science labs, upgrade the roof and install a new heating system to the tune of nearly $4 million.

"Providing students with a high quality education requires investing in high quality schools that give students a strong start in life and opportunities for the future," Allum said in a news release. "Resources are stretched, but we won’t go back to the 1990s when cuts to education meant school divisions had to choose between fixing schools or hiring teachers."

Repairs covered by the capital funding include more than 23 heating and ventilation upgrades, 17 roofing replacements, 21 structural projects, 16 improved-access projects and 31 skills programs and other capital projects, Allum noted.

In the same release, Dakota’s principal, Jill Mathez, said the announcement will help ensure "all students are learning in a safe, comfortable environment where they can reach their full potential."

"Every day, the teachers at Dakota Collegiate strive to create the conditions that enable every student’s success. Many of our students spend more than half of their waking hours at school; it is like their second home," Mathez said.

Slated upgrades in the southeast covered by the funding include:

•  Dakota Collegiate — furnace replacement and roof structure upgrade.
•  Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre — air cooled condensing unit replacement.
•  École St. Germain —geothermal system upgrade.
•  Niakwa Place — gym rooftop unit replacement.
•  Samuel Burland — geothermal system upgrade.
•  École Varennes — steam heating system — design only.
•  Collège Béliveau — roofing project.

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