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July 10, 2007
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Government Will Follow Eastern School District Recommendation on New School


A commitment to Islanders to respect the advice of expert bodies like the Eastern School District will be kept, says Premier Robert Ghiz.

“The recommendation received from the Eastern School District to build a replacement facility for the aging Montague Regional High School will be supported by the Provincial Government,” the Premier said Tuesday.

“The families, educators and trustees involved in this discussion have clearly made their preferences understood to government - and we will respond accordingly. Therefore, planning will begin immediately on a new facility to better serve Islanders who live in eastern Prince Edward Island,” Premier Ghiz said.

Earlier this week, the Eastern School District voted publicly and unanimously to recommend a replacement for the Montague Regional High School.

“The government respects the advice of the district - and we will begin the process of planning for a new school,” Education Minister Gerard Greenan said.

The Department of Education will work with the Eastern School District on potential locations for the new school so that all options are thoroughly examined.

“We also need to make sure this new school will meet the long-term needs of Islanders in eastern Prince Edward Island for many years to come,” Mr. Greenan said. “The inclusion of enhanced trades and technology programs within the school will help to meet some of our medium-term skills and training goals.”

Mr. Greenan said the hard work and dedication of community members in pursuing this project is greatly appreciated. “In spite of repeated frustrations over the past number of years, many Islanders have dedicated countless hours to this project. Their diligence and insight are greatly appreciated.”

The new school is expected to cost approximately $22 million. Detailed costs and time frames will be included in the next Capital Budget. There will be thorough community consultations on use of the land currently occupied by the Montague Regional High School.

Media Contact: Geoff Townsend
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