Council will continue to lobby for new school

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AMHERST Although relieved with the results of recent testing showing no asbestos at West Highlands Elementary School, its advisory council chair isnt dropping the case for a new school.

AMHERST Although relieved with the results of recent testing showing no asbestos at West Highlands Elementary School, its advisory council chair isnt dropping the case for a new school.

If the test results, which I have just been made aware of, are accurate then its a relief, but we still have a lot of questions, Cindy Bourgeois said.

Bourgeois, who a month ago sent a letter to deputy Education Minister Dr. Dennis Cochrane asking him to fast track construction of a new school, said shes confused by the latest report indicating there is no asbestos in the schools walls considering an early study said there was.

She has sent a letter to the board asking for a copy of the study so she can compare it to the earlier one in hopes of allaying any fears she and members of her committee still have.

More importantly, she added, even if theres no asbestos in the school that only resolves one of the health and safety issues faced by students and staff.

If anything it will buy a little time, she said. Members of the school council are going to look at this with some skepticism. What has changed since the last study?



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