Schools across Manitoba are getting money for a much needed facelift, while a pair of projects have found themselves on the cutting block.
The provincial government announced Friday that it will be investing more than $44 million on 72 projects like new roofs and mechanical systems for aging schools.
“The health and safety of Manitoba students and educators must be prioritized,” said Education Minister Ian Wishart in a statement. “These necessary upgrades and repairs to existing facilities will ensure that Manitoba schools are maintained and renewed in order to provide our students with the best possible learning environments.”
Every school division in the city, except for Louis Riel, will get at least some work done. There are also projects lined up for some rural divisions as well.
The province said $11.3 million dollars is going towards roof repairs, $14.4 million for mechanical systems replacement, $10.3 million for structural projects, and $8.8 million for access projects.
But there is bad news for Kelvin High School and Dakota Collegiate. The province will no longer be funding plans for a gym addition at Kelvin and a sports field rehabilitation project at Dakota.
“This is an unexpected and cruel blow to families who have been raising funds for years and were hoping to get these projects underway soon,” said NDP Education Critic Wab Kinew in a statement. “The Kelvin community had already raised more than $1 million toward a new gym that would have also served as an active living centre for area families.”