Report recommends new high school be placed on RIM site

Halifax Regional SchoolboardLast night the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) approved the report that recommends the placement of the new high school to be placed on the RIM campus site, off of Hammond Plains Road next to Highway 102 in Bedford.

The report will now be forwarded to the Department of Education for their sign-off.

Back in April the province of Nova Scotia announced funding of $34.2 million for a new high school for Bedford/ Hammonds Plains.

Construction of the school should begin by March 2010. In order for it to be ready for students by September 2012, things need to move along quickly.

But “as of yet no timeline has been given on a date when funds will be released to start the construction,” says David Finlayson, Halifax Regional School Board representative for District 7.

The school will hold all high school students in Bedford, being the sole school for students in grades 10 to 12. It is estimated that about 1,200 to 1,300 students will be registered at the school on opening day.

“The new facility will be state of the art, and we hope that it will be a ‘green’ building that will accommodate the student population, but also be a valuable community resource,” wrote David Finlayson on his website.

“I also hope this will give us some options to assist with the facility issues at Bedford Junior High. The opportunity to use that current facility as a resource to house students and local community groups would be a huge win for the people of District 7.”

The school board also approved the National anthem policy stating that it will be played every morning at every school in HRSB.

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