Province announces tender call for River Hebert school

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Project to be completed in late fall 2013

Tenders will be called next month for the completion of renovations at River Hebert District High School.

RIVER HEBERT – Renovations to River Hebert District High School should be complete by late fall 2013, says Education Minister Ramona Jennex.

Jennex announced Thursday that tenders for completing the stalled project will be called in November.

The first tender came in more than 45 per cent above the budget estimate.

“Parents and community members have told me how important it is for this project to move forward,” the minister said. “I want to assure the community this school remains a priority and funding is protected to make River Hebert an even better school for students and the community.”

Frustrations have been growing in the community since workers walked away from the project last spring.

Students have been attending classes at the half finished school since September.

The school will become a Primary to Grade 12 facility when completed.

“It would be irresponsible to simply write a blank cheque,” the minister said. “Nova Scotians expect us to be fiscally responsible and retendering the project will ensure we get a fair price.”

The planned renovation area has been secured as a construction site to help ensure the health and safety of students, staff and the community.

“We are pleased that the province is taking the next step in this process,” Chignecto-Central Regional School Board superintendent Gary Clarke said in a news release. “It is important for the students, staff and the community of River Hebert that this last phase of the renovations be completed to ensure students have access to the best education opportunities and facilities now and in the future.”

Area county councillor John Reid said the community has been waiting for the province to act.

“It’s about time,” Reid said. “As you know we’re in an election campaign and it’s the one issue that people want to talk about on the doorsteps, even if they don’t have children. The school is more than education, it’s the pulse of the community and people want to see it completed.”

Reid is concerned with what happens if the latest round of tenders comes in higher than expected. He said the province needs to be prepared to pay more to the get the project done.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

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

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT, Chignecto

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  • Bill
    October 12, 2012 - 06:05

    Blank cheque !!! they know how much it was going to cost 45 per cent above their estimate" who ever they are". There was a story in the Halifax Herald that said the cost of the deal for New Page with all of the tax breaks ,loans, and power rates could cost Nova Scotia as much as 1.1 billion . If that is not a blank cheque I don't know what one is. When are the other large companies in Nova Scotia going to ask for the same deal. Dexter may have opened a flood gate and they call that responsible . I have seen people who give their pets nicer places to live than we have to send our children to school. It is fine for people who live out side the area to make commits, however you would have to see the conditions to believe it. It must be election time some people have woke up!!!

  • Willie Wonka
    October 11, 2012 - 17:49

    If the budgeted amount was so far off from the actual quotes by the bidding contractors then the fault lies totally with whoever made up the budget. They are the ones that have no idea what they were doing to be so far off with prices!!