The province is putting kids and learning first with an $18-million investment, as part of the province’s capital plan, for a new school in New Glasgow. Justice Minster Ross Landry, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex, announced the funding today, Nov. 18, along with Chignecto-Central Regional School Board chair Trudy Thompson, New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan, students, teachers and members of the community. “The province is committed to putting kids and learning first and investing in new modern schools is one way we can support positive learning experiences for students and teachers,” said Mr. Landry. “This new school is not only an investment in our students but is also an investment in our community and it is one we are proud to make.” The new school is being funded through the province’s capital investment plan that is putting millions of dollars into projects such as schools, roads, and hospitals. “We know these kinds of projects are important to Nova Scotia families and these investments will help make life better for families in every region,” said Mr. Landry. The new school will house students from Primary to Grade 8 and will replace Temperance Street Elementary, Acadia Street Elementary, and New Glasgow Junior High School. Once the new school is open, Grade 9 students will attend North Nova High School. “The new, bright, up-to-date facility will enhance our board’s ability to meet the needs of all students, and have a profoundly positive effect on the attitudes of our students and staff,” said Ms. Thompson. “The new school will be a source of pride and a vital centre for the vibrant community it serves.” The location of new school is now being considered as part of the normal site selection process. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide a healthy, safe and an enriched setting for our children to shine, to flourish, to discover their individual gifts and talents and to achieve greatness in their own right,” said Mayor MacMillan. “I would like to extend our appreciation and thanks again to the province for this outstanding investment which will have an incredible impact on the future and growth of our community for many years to come.” The new school is tentatively scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.