Christmas came a couple of days early for students and staff of Wolfville School.
Funding for renovations to the school was included in a $94.6 million provincial announcement Dec. 23 for capital school construction and renovation.
School board chair Lavinia Parrish Zwicker, Wolfville’s representative on the board, described the announcement as “fabulous news – and just before Christmas, too. I’m very excited.”
Parrish Zwicker said the release did not include exactly what is in store for the Wolfville School. Based on what the board had requested, she hopes it will include “a major renovation to the entire building,” she said.
“We’ve known for many years that Wolfville has needed major renovations,” she said. The board had lobbied for renovations rather than a new building.
“That’s what we asked for, and that’s what it appears we’ve received.”
Kings South MLA and former Wolfville councillor Keith Irving was also pleased to see renovations to Wolfville School planned.
“I’ve advocated for capital improvements for the Wolfville School as far back as 2008 when I was first elected a Wolfville town councillor,” Irving said. “I’m very pleased our government now recognizes it as a priority in its capital planning.”
David Floyd, the school board’s director of operations, said the Wolfville project “will include renovations to some existing spaces and removal of some areas as well as some new additions.”
Floyd added that the exact scope of the work will depend on the funds allotted by the province for that specific project.
“At this point, we have not received funding details, but we are optimistic we will receive this information soon,” he added.
Department of Education spokesperson Michelle Lucas confirmed Wolfville School will receive “major upgrades to the elementary building and an addition will be built. The junior high will be demolished.”
Lucas added it would be a three-year project with an estimated cost of $15 million. Design and tendering details will determine the exact final cost.