Site selection for new Bible Hill school hits a snag

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TRURO – More communication with the provincial government is required before the next step can be taken for the creation of a new school in Bible Hill.

A letter to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has been received by the provincial government stating “CCRSB was not compliant with the Education Act by not recommending three sites.”

This information was shared in an operational services report to the school board on Wednesday night in Truro. The issue dates back to June when a site selection committee for a new primary to Grade 4 school for the community discussed possible locations. The committee sent two recommendations to the Department of Education, one preferred and an alternative. The suggestions were not shared with the public. Two other suggestions were not considered because they were not within the community’s boundaries.

The next step, said Herb Steeves, director of operational services, is to share the government’s letter with the site selection committee.

“This could reaffirm the committee’s submission of the proposed two sites … or the possibility of recommending the sites without a ranking,” said an operational services report.

Steeves reminded the school board that recent replacement schools within CCRSB using a similiar process resulted in less than three suggested sites, which the province accepted.

“We are still in consultation with the province,” said Steeves.

“We are not in control of the process.”

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Organizations: Bible Hill school, Central Regional School Board, Grade 4 school Department of Education

Geographic location: Chignecto, Truro

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