The province is moving forward with its commitments from the 2003 School Capital Construction Report, Premier Rodney MacDonald and Education Minister Karen Casey announced today, April 26. “Building and renovating schools reflects our commitment to create winning conditions that will help us achieve future prosperity,” said the premier. “We are providing public school students with the education they will need to move on to college, university or the workforce.” Speaking at the East Richmond Education Centre in St. Peter’s, Richmond Co., the premier announced that renovations will proceed to expand the gymnasium and cafeteria, upgrade classrooms with new technology, and prepare for the addition of a new wing of classrooms. When the renovations are finished, all students will be in one building rather than two, as is now the case. The premier also said progress was being made on projects in Sydney, Cheticamp and Port Hawkesbury. Ms. Casey visited the Annapolis Valley to announce progress in renovations of local schools. She met with board officials, school staff and students at Middleton High School. “I was extremely impressed by the students from Middleton who came to the legislature a few weeks ago to ask me about renovations to their school,” said Ms. Casey. “I committed to them that we would complete the design work and issue a tender in this fiscal year, guaranteeing that construction could start next spring.” Ms. Casey confirmed that planned renovations of Kings County Academy have been upgraded to new-school status and the project will begin in 2007-08. She also announced improvements to St. Mary’s Elementary in Aylesford, and Somerset and District Elementary in Berwick.