River Hebert on the chopping block, again?

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - The former chair of the River Hebert District High school review committee is concerned that school could again be placed on the chopping block early next year.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board announced last week its intentions to compile a list of schools for possible closure and Rennie Bugley thinks River Hebert and Wentworth, among other places, should get ready.

"It would not surprise me one bit if River Hebert's on that list," Bugley said. "I would expect the four schools targeted the last time will be targeted again."

School board officials are quick to say compiling the list does not mean school closures will take place immediately. A list of schools that could be potentially considered for closure will not see any action taken until the end of the 2008-09 school year.

Dr. Noel Hurley, the board's superintendent, said the board has until April 1 to identify schools that fit the criteria for investigation into closure. The specific criteria have yet to be finalized.

Bugley said the River Hebert review committee met several times earlier this year and presented a strong case for River Hebert to the school board in the spring.

"We're trying to be proactive. We sent a direct request to the board for a feasibility study on a P-12 facility in River Hebert and it was flatly rejected," he said.

If River Hebert is placed on the list again, Bugley said whoever makes up the committee this time will have to go through the entire process again, although the process will be different in that the timeline will be extended from four months to a year.

As well, specific reasons would have to be given for considering the school while there would have to be a comprehensive plan for students impacted by any closure.


Organizations: River Hebert District High school, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: River Hebert, AMHERST, Chignecto

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  • Aaron
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    Article from Feb '07 about the tests on West Highlands.


    I am just angered (not specifically at you) that West Highlands is still being seen in the town as an unsafe building when it isn't (and won't be as long as maintenance is kept up).

  • Rachel
    January 18, 2010 - 11:07

    River Hebert on the chopping block again...what a surprise! Maybe the school board should take the money it wastes doing studies on school closures (ie The Murley Report) and use it for repairs and new equipment for the schools. Also, River Hebert is too far away to bus kids to everyday and everyone knows it. Maybe it's time to take a closer look at a board that is wasting our money, time and energy.....

  • Barbara
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    If they close the school in River Hebert, then where are they going to move the children?


    Spring Street Academy is already overflowing, and looking into ways to lessen the numbers.

    West Highlands is a health risk, and should be closed down, or completely refurbished.

    I really know nothing about Cumberland North, so I can't comment....

    Even if there is enough room at one of the elementary schools, will there be enough room in Junior High? What about Senior High?

    If the residents of River Hebert want a P-12 facility, then wher is the harm in doing a study on it?

  • Aaron
    January 18, 2010 - 10:37

    West Highlands is NOT a health risk, it was deemed safe last year. Yes it needs repairs & improvements but it is not a health risk. I wish people would stop spreading this, I went through West Highlands P-6 and was fine. It is a good school that keeps getting slandered with this health risk nonsense.

    With regards to the possibility of moving River Hebert to the High School, it wont work. Yes the numbers at ARHS are down from past years but there is no room to move the students from River Hebert in. Besides that would be a horribly long trip for them twice a day on a bus, especially for the younger children. Let them keep their school, and why is the school board so keen on closing schools in areas that need it? You should not have to send your child to another school in another town when you have a facility right there.

  • Barbara
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    Aaron... if you're correct, then I extend my apologies. :) I'm basing this on families that have children that go there. Maybe they're giving the wrong information.