Citizens concerned about school site selections

Raissa Tetanish
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School board rep says concerns would be addressed before construction

AMHERST - With news of two sites being recommended to the province for the new West Highlands School comes concerns from some local residents.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board heard from the site selection committee during a special meeting Tuesday night - a committee that proposed the two properties be put forth to the province.

Resident Mary Lewis can't see how either property would be suitable for the new elementary school, which is slated to open in the fall of 2013.

"They've already mentioned the asphalt plant being a problem for the one," Lewis commented on www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.

She was referring to the site selection committee's report to the board which addresses the committee's environmental concerns due to the proximity to the local asphalt plant, storage of waste/hazardous materials and drainage on the northeast side.

The other property, belonging to Harold Lusby, is close to where motorists come off the Trans Canada Highway.

"I feel that the lives of the children would be at greater risk at this location even though they would have crosswalk guards. Do they plan to put in a stop light or sign to make the traffic speed less?" she questioned.

Lewis said vehicles come "barreling in off the highway at over the speed limit."

School board representative David Myles said all the concerns, such as the traffic and environmental concerns, were mentioned during the site selection process.

"The concerns, I believe, have been heard and they will be addressed," said Myles.

"(The committee) looked at the concerns with traffic and everything else. Traffic would obviously have to slow down - I know what that hill is like. That's going to have to be handled."

Although the two sites are being put forth to the province for review and possible approval, it doesn't mean that one will be used for the new school.

"It's up to the department with what to do. They can reject them. They can, I would think, do whatever environmental studies that would need to be done as well as studies on traffic," said Myles.

"If, according to the province, it's unacceptable, then obviously we'd have to go back to square one.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: West Highlands School, Central Regional School Board, Trans Canada Highway

Geographic location: AMHERST, Chignecto

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  • mytwocents
    July 08, 2011 - 14:20

    i agree with askhim..hes right ...put the money into a beautiful old school and preserve the heritage that is there.....so many are quick to jump to out with the old in with the new........restore the school so future generations can continue to go there and be proud to be there...its a beautiful school in all honesty......

  • Jack On The Rocks
    July 08, 2011 - 12:27

    I say cancel the whole thing.First the parents want it,then they don't.Now it's let's complain about where it is going.Put in on the other side of town,then let's hear the rants...

  • Robbie Collins
    July 08, 2011 - 08:31

    I think the current school should be improved and developed.

  • askhim
    July 08, 2011 - 07:41

    If things were different, and people were more loving, there wouldn't be a NEW school. The money that is there for a new school should be put into fixing up the old school, even if it means shipping the children to another school for a year to complete renovations.