Thirteen communities will get new schools or major school renovations over the next several years. The province is also purchasing two P3 schools in Cape Breton that had previously been identified to be returned to the developer. The total investment is estimated at $300 million.
This is in addition to six capital school construction or major renovation projects currently underway, and 37 P3 schools that government previously committed to purchase, announced in fall 2017.
“Having a multi-year plan is in direct response to recommendations from the auditor general and Dr. Avis Glaze’s report to provide a more predictable, long-term capital plan,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We’re putting schools in communities that have critical facility needs and most importantly, our students will get modern facilities designed with their program needs in mind.”
Schools are chosen based on the priorities submitted by the Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP). Every school on the multi-year plan was noted as a priority by the regions in which they are being built. Final selection is determined by enrolment pressures, facility condition and available funding.
The upcoming school projects are:
Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education
— Glace Bay area elementary school
— Northside area junior high, North Sydney-Sydney Mines area
— Breton Education Centre, New Waterford (renovation)
— Ferrisview Elementary, North Sydney (renovation)
— Harbourside Elementary School, Sydney (P3 Purchase)
— Sherwood Park Education Centre, Sydney (P3 Purchase)
Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education
— Springhill area elementary school
Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial
— Wedgeport area school
— Clare area School
— Halifax peninsula school
— École Acadienne de Pomquet (renovation)
Halifax Regional Centre for Education
— Bedford Ravines area P-9 school
— Clayton Park-Fairview area school
— Eastern Shore area high school,
— St. Joseph’s A. MacKay Elementary School, Halifax (renovation)
All school capital projects, along with those currently in progress can be viewed at http://ednet.ns.ca/capitalplan .