MLA Report, By Karen Casey
16 schools in Chignecto-Central identified for upgrades
Forty-nine schools across the province are receiving upgrades, repairs and improvements this year as part of an expanded capital repairs program.
This investment will extend the life of the schools and prevent the need for major renovations that could be necessary if the outstanding maintenance issues aren’t addressed. It’s really a preventative move so that smaller investments now will prevent the need for larger investments in the future.
In Dec. 2013, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced it would increase capital repairs funding by $9 million, for a total of $15 million, for smaller projects such as window replacements and roof repairs.
School boards were notified of the schools approved for capital repairs funding and are preparing to move forward with renovations as soon as possible. In Chignecto-Central, the School Board identified the following projects, which were assessed by department staff and funding was made available:
- Hants East Rural High $175,000
- Pugwash District High $95,000
- G.R. Saunders Elementary $155,000
- A.G. Baillie Memorial $195,000
- Maple Ridge Elementary $160,000
- Cobequid Education Centre $200,000
- Kennetcook District Elementary $165,000
- Shubenacadie District Elementary $290,000
- Cobequid Education Centre #2 $290,000
- Thorburn Consolidated $385,300
- Central Colchester Junior High $225,000
- Cobequid Education Centre #3 $22,000
- Debert Elementary
- Cobequid Consolidated Elementary
- F.H. MacDonald Elementary
- Pictou Academy
This year we’ve increased the funding for capital repairs to address smaller projects across Nova Scotia that will improve our schools for years to come. It’s important students learn in a well-maintained, safe and healthy environment, and these projects will ensure just that.
Capital repairs projects include roof repairs, window replacements, gym improvements, paving, upgrades to a skilled trades classroom and creating community resource spaces.
All capital repairs projects must represent improvements being made to school infrastructure and must have a budget between $150,000 and $1 million to be eligible. This investment is separate from major additions and alterations and new school construction.
Karen Casey is the MLA for Colchester North.