Bible Hill commissioner concerned delay in site selection may impact opening date of new elementary school

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BIBLE HILL – Bible Hill commissioners are standing behind the work of a school site selection committee that was rejected by the provincial government.

Bible Hill Central Elementary School is one of two educational facilities in the community that is slated for closure and replacement next year. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News

A group of people in Bible Hill working as a site selection committee to find a suitable home for a new elementary school to replace Bible Hill Central and Bible Hill East Court Road elementary schools submitted two location suggestions to the government last year. Those suggestions were rejected because only two were offered instead of the requested three.

Commissioner Dale McLeod told this paper he fears the government’s refusal to accept the submissions could affect the opening of the new school, slated for 2015.

“It’s very possible it could be delayed,” said McLeod.

“It is frustrating and it’s at the expense of students,” village commissioner Sharon McLean told the Truro Daily News.

“They are sick schools … not healthy environments …. and need to be replaced.”

Village officials intend to send a letter to the provincial government indicating its support of the committee’s recommendations, which have not been made public yet.

“The people on the committee didn’t take (their suggestions) lightly … the government needs to make a decision,” said commissioner Donna Van Kroonenburg.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

Organizations: Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Bible Hill East Court Road

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