School maintenance projects in CCRSB worth millions of dollars

Monique Chiasson
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Steeves said 215 projects planned

Maintenance requirements across the CCRSB are worth $25 million next year.

Maintenance requirements across the CCRSB are worth $25 million next year.

TRURO – Maintenance requirements in schools throughout the Chignecto-Central School Board for the next year are worth $25 million.

Herb Steeves, director of operational services, presented a list of 215 maintenance projects that require work throughout the school board. The projects, which were not given to media because they are in a draft form and part of budget deliberations, are divided into regulatory requirements, health and safety, and end-of-life categories.

“It’s too early to say how much will get done. The list gets longer every year,” Steeves said.

There are 30 priority items, totaling $1.1 million, which will “potentially” be addressed in this budget, said an operational services report that was shared with the board this week. However, funding from the province is required to help pay for the various projects and it’s not yet known how much money will be given to the board for maintenance.

“The focus is on roofs, windows, heating and boiler systems … things that keep schools warm in the winter,” said Steeves.

In the report, support was asked of the board for preliminary approval for $500,000 to begin preparing and issue tenders in April for the highest priority projects. A vote will be taken in two weeks during the regular board meeting.

The school board’s annual budget won’t be finalized until June

Organizations: Central School Board

Geographic location: CCRSB, Chignecto

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