‘All the children deserve a good school and a decent education’
Cumberland South MLA and PC Party leader Jamie Baillie.
HALIFAX – Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie is continuing to hold the province’s feet to the fire over continued delays at River Hebert District High School.
The PC Party leader presented a petition, containing more than 1,000 letters, from River Hebert area residents to Education Minister Ramona Jennex on Wednesday urging her to move forward with the stalled renovation project.
“They are the provincial government and they can get this done. Instead of the finger pointing that’s going on between the government and the school board, it’s time for them to move forward with the renovations,” Baillie said following Question Period. “All children in our province deserve a good school and a decent education, regardless of where they live. That’s a message that has to get through to the NDP and the school board.”
Baillie also brought forward a resolution in the legislature Wednesday demanding the government complete the school and asking for permission to debate the debate the issue, but the government and the Liberal opposition defeated it.
The letters are a result of a petition started several weeks ago by River Hebert District High School graduate Roger White. The petition demanded the government finish the renovation project that has been stalled for nearly a year because a second set of tenders came in 42 per cent over budget.
“For the students, staff and parents of River Hebert District High School to have another year added to this project is unacceptable,” Baillie said. “The NDP government is failing children.”
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has indicated it wants to complete the project as soon as possible, but there are issues with the internal consulting team. It’s unknown what the issues are.
Jennex announced last October that tenders would be called in November and was surprised to learn recently that the tenders had yet to go out.
Area municipal councillor Mike McLellan is also suggesting community members attend a future school board meeting to show the board its resolve on the issue.
While the minister has assured him the school is a priority, he said there are still concerns in the community that the longer the project is delayed the more the likelihood it could not go ahead.