Tender awarded for River Hebert school

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Dora Construction gets $6.15-million award

River Hebert's delayed school renovation project is back on again.

River Hebert's delayed school renovation project is back on again. On Thursday, the province awarded a $6.15-million tender to Dora Construction to finish the $10-million project.

RIVER HEBERT – The long wait is about to end for students in River Hebert.

Education Minister Karen Casey announced Thursday that Dora Construction has been awarded the $6.15-million tender for renovations and an addition to River Hebert District High School.

The renovations will create a Primary to Grade 12 school. River Hebert Elementary will then close and its students will move into the renovated facility in 2014.

"The young people and families of River Hebert are eager to see this project completed," said Casey. "I want to thank the community for its patience during this project. We made a commitment to see this project move forward again. After these renovations, the students will be attending a modern school that includes improved learning opportunities in all program areas."

The province took over management of the project in September.

The renovations include updating the building and a two-storey addition. The project includes improved areas, such as a library, cafeteria, music room, science labs, a youth health centre and new elementary classrooms.

Total cost of the project is $10 million.

Local steering committee member and Cumberland municipal councilor Mike McLellan said the news should end years of worry and speculation in the community.

“Up until this moment there were more than a few people doubting this would ever happen,” said McLellan. “I’ve been talking to people here this morning who are overjoyed that the project is finally going to be finished.”

The project has been stalled since April 2012 when a second round of tenders came in about $2 million higher than the $6-million that was budgeted for the second phase. Since then, high school students have been going to classes in a half-finished building.

 

Organizations: River Hebert District High School, Dora Construction, Grade 12 school

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT

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  • Mc
    December 07, 2013 - 02:17

    I really never understood why River Hebert and Springhill didn't join the new Amherst High School, pool the resources together and create a better future with more opportunities for the students. Larger cities bus their students sometimes farther and often on longer bus rides than would be required for these small towns. Small town thinking maybe?...

  • Mc
    December 07, 2013 - 02:17

    I really never understood why River Hebert and Springhill didn't join the new Amherst High School, pool the resources together and create a better future with more opportunities for the students. Larger cities bus their students sometimes farther and often on longer bus rides than would be required for these small towns. Small town thinking maybe?...

  • Tracey LeBlanc
    December 05, 2013 - 11:46

    We are all very thankful to see this moving forward - conditions in that school are horrible - all children and techers/staff deserve a clean, warm, dry & heathy place to learn and work! Thank you!