Government reports show that $1.5 billion is needed to address the infrastructure backlog in Saskatchewan schools.
Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association has found that 75 per cent of the roofs on Saskatchewan schools will fail within the next five years. Looking at just four of the schools that serve the Saskatoon Meewasin constituency, close to $3 million in roof repairs and replacements are needed in the next three years, with over $1 million of that needed this year alone.
“Despite nearly a decade of record revenues, the Sask. Party failed to address aging infrastructure in Saskatchewan’s schools,” said Saskatoon Meewasin NDP candidate Ryan Meili. “We’re talking about our kids’ classrooms. It’s not right and it’s not fair to make students and teachers in Saskatchewan pay the price for Sask. Party mismanagement.”
Meili noted that École River Heights School, City Park School, and North Park Wilson School all serve Saskatoon Meewasin and all have roofs in need of replacement.
“It’s no surprise that we’re hearing on the doorstep that parents want the best schools and education for their kids. And it’s clear that the Sask. Party’s cuts are not the answer to the growing needs we’re seeing across the riding and the province,” said Meili.
“Increased class sizes and crumbling infrastructure obviously contribute to the stress on teachers and kids. We need to send a message that we can do better.”