Baillie raises RHDH school issue for ninth time NS Legislature
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Cumberland South MLA and PC leader Jamie Baillie says the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has recommended the successful bidder to build/renovate the new p-12 school in River Hebert. The Department of Education has approved TIR's choice. The issue is now before the Treasury Board, which meets every Wednesday. Baillie, who spoke to the heads of both departments on Monday, says that it is in the hands of the new Liberal government now to issue the final go-ahead (award the tenders), something that could come as early as Wednesday, December 4 or Wednesday, December 11.
HALIFAX-The River Hebert District High school tender issue is now before the Treasury Board, according to Cumberland South MLA and PC leader Jamie Baillie on Tuesday afternoon.
"The TIR (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal) Department has recommended a successful contractor for the school, and the Department of Education has approved the project as well," said Baillie. "Now it is before Treasury Board to approve the funds. I spoke to officials of both departments again yesterday. This should be the last step. It is in the hands of the new government now to issue the final go-ahead."
The treasury board meets every Wednesday. Confirmation has not be received if it has been added to Wednesday, December 4's agenda yet, but it is believed that the issue will go before the treasury board before Christmas, as early as December 11 if it is not addressed on December 4.
"I also continue to raise the school issue in the Legislature itself," stated Baillie. "Below is a transcript from Friday (November 29). This counts as the 9th time I have raised the issue on the floor of the Legislature so far:"
"Mr. Speaker, going around the Chignecto Cape, if you will, through the largest provincial park in Nova Scotia, we come to the Towns of Joggins and River Hebert, a great source of history, particularly geological history - also an interesting place to examine the commitments of governments, past and present, to our kids and to education because those who went through the election in our part of Nova Scotia will surely know by now that there is a school in River Hebert that is in desperate need of an upgrade. It literally is half in rubble and is waiting, hopefully any day now, for an announcement that the tenders to fix that school are going out. When that day comes, I'll be the first one to thank everyone involved for making that happen."