Manitoba Spending $55M to Maintain, Improve Schools

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba LogoThe Manitoba government is spending nearly $55 million on more than 100 schools throughout the province to maintain and improve them.

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

School infrastructure repairs include more than 23 heating and ventilation upgrades, 17 roofing replacements, 21 structural projects, 16 improved-access projects and 31 skills programming and other capital projects.

“Resources are stretched, but we won’t go back to the 1990’s when cuts to education meant school divisions had to choose between fixing schools or hiring teachers,” Allum said.