AMHERST - Amherst should still have a new elementary school in 2012.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Premier Darrell Dexter said his government remains committed to replacing West Highlands with a new school according to the province's capital plan.
"The school is still on the build list. That was a commitment we made at the time and we will follow through on the priority list as it was set out," Dexter said.
With a gloomy financial picture provincially there have been concerns the province would either cancel or delay a number of school projects across Nova Scotia.
Left off the capital construction list earlier this year, even though it was at the top of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board's priority list, the former Conservative government government relented and committed to building the new school by 2012.
Then in opposition, Dexter pledged to uphold that commitment saying the school, opened in 1912, needed to be replaced. He reaffirmed that promise soon after taking power following last June's provincial election that ended a decade of Conservative rule.