Contrary to school board report
OXFORD Oxford will be getting its new school in 2009 as originally planned.
Although the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board announced last week that construction of the Primary to Grade 12 school will be delayed by at least a year, the areas MLA said the school will open in September 2009 as orginally planned.
The Oxford school is on schedule, Murray Scott said. Ive had discussions with the minister of education and Im going to meet with Oxford town council to let them know.
Scott said $800,000 has already been allocated for design work and site preparation.
Construction will start next year and that school will be open on time, said Scott, the provinces minister of justice.
While questions were raised when the province put a number of school renovation and construction projects on hold, Scott said he has always had a commitment the Oxford project would proceed as scheduled.
He admitted to being a little surprised when the school board announced the delay. Still, he refused to speculate on where the board got its information or how the projects original timeline was restored.
The schools steering committee recommended land next to the existing track and field complex as the preferred location for the new school.
The school is expected to house 500 students and will replace Oxford Regional High School and Oxford Elementary.
Scott also said renovations to Springhill High will also go ahead as planned.