PUGWASH – The Premier visited the former hospital in Pugwash on Froday afternoon for a check up on how the collaborative emergency care unit is now operating, using the opportunity clarify the Department of Education’s decision to take over construction at the River Hebert school.
Construction at the school remained incomplete and stalled for more than a year, drawing public and political criticism. Thursday Carole Olsen, deputy minister at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, said government is taking the project out of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s hands and issue a call for tenders in the next few weeks.
“It’s within the view of the deputy minister and I’m sure they would have communicated that to my office,” Dexter said. “But the first time I saw it was yesterday as well.
“The answer is pretty straight forward. The department was concerned with any delay. They want the project to move forward. They didn’t see the movement they wanted: getting the project finished, getting the kids in a safe, clean, newly renovated learning environment.”
The renovations will create a Primary to Grade 12 school. When completed, the River Hebert Elementary students will move into expanded school.
As part of the project, the province will examine how the concept of a community hub school can be applied to the current design to provide the best educational experience for children and maximum long-term benefit to the community.
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board was notified Thursday it is no longer responsible for the project.