Quebec is investing $ 200 million in education in Drummondville

EDUCATION. The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, was in the region to inaugurate the Marconi school, while formalizing the start of the reconstruction works of the 2 Rivières primary school in Saint-Lucien and those of the new institute of Drummondville. These projects represent a total investment of $ 200 million.

Last September, Marconi School hosted its first students, divided into 24 classrooms for primary, pre-school and special education. On Thursday afternoon, the Minister of Education visited the facility in the company of Johnson MP André Lamontagne and the media.

The fourth graders showed the scope of their talent. (Photo: Ghyslain Bergeron)

Jean-François Roberge crossed the corridors of the school to reach the double gymnasium, which is equipped with acoustic panels to reduce noise. He then went to a music class where fourth graders were waiting for him. Some were on the piano and some on the violin. The musicians presented the theme my heart will continue by Celine Dion, with the help of her teachers. The Marconi school is distinguished by its particular musical program. The councilor has ended his visit on the balcony, where an outdoor classroom has been set up.

It should be noted that the Ministry of Education has provided financial assistance of more than $ 20 million for the implementation of this project, within the framework of the Plan québécois des infrastructures 2019-2029.

Two big projects

Jean-François Roberge took the opportunity to remind us that the reconstruction of the 2 Rivières de Saint-Lucien primary school has begun. Student admission is scheduled for March 2023. There will be a total of eight classes. The Department of Education has invested more than $ 17 million in this initiative.

Facade of the Marconi school. (Photo: Ghyslain Bergeron)

That’s not all. Construction has also begun on the new high school, located in the Saint-Nicéphore district. It will have a capacity of 1,256 student places and will include 43 classrooms, six science laboratories, eight art rooms, a 400-seat auditorium with a stage, five sports facilities, a wardrobe per student, an outdoor public square, a outdoor sports center. natural grass football pitch, 130 parking spaces and 30 bus drop-off spaces.

“This is an important project for the whole community,” said the minister, adding that the first students will enter in September 2024. The cost of the project is $ 167 million.

Saint-Nicéphore High School should welcome students at the beginning of the 2024 school year. (Photo: Ghyslain Bergeron)

It is still too early to know what programs will be available, said Lucien Maltais, director general of the Center de services scolaire des Chênes (CSSDC). “We are doing a project with our four secondary schools to review the range of services, including the new school. We are in the consultation period. We will work with the staff. In a year or two, we will have a better idea of ​​what the school’s programs will look like, “he said.

A new generation of schools

These three projects respect the new vision of the government to build, expand and renovate schools. From a perspective of community integration and sustainable development, the new generation of schools is adapting to current teaching methods.

For example, common areas promote socialization and a sense of belonging among students. Educational institutions present a new architectural identity that highlights the accents of blue and Quebec materials, mainly wood and aluminum.

Recall that in the fall, the Center de services scolaire des Chênes sent four requests to the Quebec Ministry of Education to address the lack of space in primary schools in the territory, aimed at the sectors of Drummondville, Saint-Cyrille-de -Wendover, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil and Lefebvre. The projects selected by the ministry will be announced in June.

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