TRURO – A decision regarding which capital construction projects will be addressed throughout Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will soon be made.
Major capital construction proposals soon to be released by local school board
The school board has until May 5 to send a list of capital construction requests to the province for consideration. The
Department of Education is asking for seven submissions and
according to documents from the school board, a draft submission list, which has not been shared with the media yet, has nine schools or projects being considered for additions, alternations or new schools.
During a school board meeting in Truro on Wednesday night, board member Jim Grue asked if Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro would be on the short list.
“I suspect CEC’s roof repairs are 10 times worth the cost of the building,” Grue said.
Director of operations Herb Steeves agreed CEC’s roof needs work.
“CEC is leaking in different areas,” Steeves said. But, “solely the condition of a building is not enough to get it on the (capital construction) list.”
Steeves said decisions are made based more so on “capacity, efficiency” and heating issues, to name a few.
The board will discuss the capital construction project list and approve its suggestions for the province next week.
In addition, the school board expects to soon receive its specific budget profile from the provincial government now that the Nova Scotia budget has been released.
Correspondence from the school board’s operational services department indicates the board “should be spending about $7 million each year on major maintenance repairs” and the draft list indicates “more than $25 million of repair requests.”
That, of course, is only one of many departments the budget covers.