Cor­rect­ing in­for­ma­tion on Mo­bile high school plan

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - EDITORIAL -

I am writ­ing to ad­dress sev­eral points made in the ar­ti­cle of Sept. 2 re­gard­ing the ex­ten­sion project to Mo­bile Cen­tral High School. It is crit­i­cal that the school com­mu­nity and all par­ents are pro­vided with ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion.

The ar­ti­cle of Sept.2 re­layed in­for­ma­tion on project time­lines and ten­ders which must be cor­rected. Bud­get 2017, as part of the Multi-year Plan for In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ments­fras­truc­ture­plan. pdf, al­lo­cated $5.3 mil­lion for the ex­ten­sion to the high school with fund­ing al­lo­cated for 2018/19 for com­ple­tion of the project.

Since the ex­ten­sion was an­nounced in 2016, it has been com­mu­ni­cated that the project will be go­ing to ten­der later this year with com­ple­tion an­tic­i­pated for fall 2018.

This time­line has not changed and it is fully ex­pected the fi­nal costs will be in line with the bud­get pend­ing the out­come of the con­struc­tion ten­der.

Plan­ning for the ex­ten­sion is com­pleted and a floor plan is in place which fits within the ex­ist­ing prop­erty bound­aries while meet­ing class­room size re­quire­ments. This work is fol­lowed by two ten­ders. The first is for the re­lo­ca­tion of a trans­former and the wa­ter line.

This ten­der has been awarded and as noted above, the work is about to be­gin. The sec­ond ten­der is for the con­struc­tion of the ex­ten­sion and will be is­sued by the end of Septem­ber.

En­gi­neers and con­sul­tants on the projects have ad­vised that there will be no dis­rup­tion of the ceme­tery due to con­struc­tion.

Our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to mak­ing in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture that sup­port core public ser­vices for all New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans.

At all times it is im­per­a­tive that ev­ery­one en­sures ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion is be­ing re­layed and only the facts are in­form­ing de­bate. Steve Crocker

Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Works

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