Wedge­port school to open in 2021, min­is­ter says

Com­mu­nity ‘chomp­ing at the bit,’ Ar­gyleBar­ring­ton MLA Chris d’En­tremont says

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Wedge­port’s long-awaited new ele­men­tary school will open in 2021, says Nova Sco­tia’s min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion and early child­hood de­vel­op­ment.

Zach Churchill was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about the school in the leg­is­la­ture from Ar­gyle-Bar­ring­ton MLA Chris d’En­tremont.

Of­fi­cial word that Wedge­port would be get­ting a new school came at the end of April, when the prov­ince an­nounced its five-year school cap­i­tal con­struc­tion plan.

Five months later, d’En­tremont asked Churchill for an up­date on the Wedge­port project.

“We are on sched­ule to have con­struc­tion be­gin in 2019-2020,” Churchill said, “with the school open­ing in 2021. As we en­ter into this year, the site se­lec­tion process will be­gin, and the com­mu­nity will be di­rectly in­volved in that process and have a chance to ex­press their opin­ions on the best sites pos­si­ble.”

Churchill said the prov­ince is look­ing to im­prove the process of choos­ing school sites in or­der to en­sure schools are built on time, un­like past projects that were not de­liv­ered on sched­ule.

“We are in the process of fi­nal­iz­ing what that is go­ing to look like now and the com­mu­nity will be in­volved once we get go­ing with that,” Churchill said.

D’En­tremont said peo­ple in Wedge­port are “chomp­ing at the bit” to know what the new school will be like. A num­ber of them are in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved in the project in some ca­pac­ity, he said.

Par­ents and oth­ers in the Wedge­port area have long been call­ing for a new school, cit­ing a va­ri­ety of is­sues with the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity, which dates back to the early 1960s.

Wedge­port is one of 13 com­mu­ni­ties that will get new schools or ma­jor school ren­o­va­tions over the next sev­eral years. The projects in­clude a new ele­men­tary school for the Clare area. That school is slated to open in 2022.

CON­TRIB­UTED

The Wedge­port school. Lo­cal res­i­dents have long been call­ing for the fa­cil­ity to be re­placed and, this past spring, the prov­ince an­nounced the com­mu­nity will get a new school.

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