RIVER HEBERT – Stalled renovations at River Hebert District High School is now officially the provincial government’s problem.
The government announced in a press release this afternoon that it is taking over responsibility for the renovation project from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
"The community is eager for this project to move forward and government feels this is the best way to proceed," said Carole Olsen, deputy minister at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
The project has been a festering sore in the community since renovations began in January 2012 but were then halted when proposals for the construction of the new wing came in significantly above its $6 million budget.
The project will convert the school into a Primary to Grade 12 facility, replacing the existing River Hebert District Elementary School.
The province will examine how the concept of a community hub school can be applied to the current design to provide the best educational experience for the children and maximum long-term benefit to the community, it announced in the release.
Tenders for the second phase of the project are expected to go out in the next few weeks.