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Infrastructure an important investment in education: Michaleski


Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski had the opportunity to visit two schools he attended as a child, to make infrastructure announcements for MacKenzie Middle School (MMS) and Barker Elementary School, Apr. 18.
“It’s been a privilege to come back to my school. It was just over 40 years ago that I went to this school. At that time, it was Grade 7, 8 and 9. It was a really good school, lots of good school spirit at that time. We had great teachers and educators that helped us along the way and I see it’s the same thing,” Michaleski said to students at MMS.
Michaleski announced a comprehensive renewal at MMS of approximately $4 million in upgrades to the 60-year-old wing, including a roof replacement, a new mechanical heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, plus a foundation upgrade.
To improve accessibility, he said, a new link will connect the second-storey wing to the main building and two accessible washrooms will be installed.
“I’m very happy to celebrate the beginning of the construction of some major infrastructure improvements today. Our government is investing in education by increasing capital funding by more than $57 million to support structural repairs, roof replacements and mechanical systems and accessibility projects, for Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. Investing in school infrastructure is an ongoing process and a part of our government’s commitment to repair education facilities,” he said, noting construction for MMS is slated to begin this summer.
Michaleski also met with students in the Barker Student Pride Group, to celebrate the $1.4 million renovation done at the Kindergarten to Grade 5 school.
“This issue is dealing with improving accessibility. These are things that are important to me as an MLA, to have accessible schools so that all the students can have access to all parts of the school. So that everybody has the same opportunity,” he said.
“The new full-sized elevator provides access to both multilevel portions of the school, replacing an undersized and aged lift that only served one floor in the school. Barrier-free washrooms are also part of this renovation, making washroom amenities easier to access for students, staff and visitors. These upgrades have really improved the overall accessibility of Barker School.”
CEO Donna Davidson noted investment in school facilities is important to the board of trustees for Mountain View School Division.
“They understand the importance of maintaining our educational spaces and ensuring the health of our buildings to enhance your learning and enhance learning for future generations,” she told students.
“We know that quality infrastructure is important to your success, along with good quality teaching and resources. High-quality infrastructure provides a foundation for high-quality teaching and learning.”
Davidson pointed out there is evidence to prove excellent infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes and reduces dropout rates, among other factors.
“Sometimes we call the building the third teacher. And so, we appreciate the investment that our province makes in our infrastructure,” she added.

M. A. Nyquist