A new school to replace Cambridge and District Elementary is on the school board’s short list of capital construction priorities.
The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board approved three schools to be short-listed for replacement at its monthly meeting April 2 in Berwick. The business cases will be submitted to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development as its capital construction priorities for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
The top priority is a new elementary school to replace the existing schools at Windsor Forks and Three Mile Plains in the West Hants district.
A new elementary school for Cambridge is the second priority, while the third priority is a replacement school for Clark Rutherford Elementary in western Annapolis County.
“For the past three years, we have set our capital construction and renovation priorities as a board and sent them to the Department on an annual basis,” AVRSB superintendent Margo Tait said.
The four existing schools all date back to the 1960s.
“We feel it’s time for a new, updated learning environment to be supplied to the students in these areas,” Tait said.
The new list of priorities does not impact a new P-12 school for Bridgetown or major renovations for Wolfville School. Both these projects were approved in December 2013, with construction set to begin in the current fiscal year.
At its April 2 meeting, the board approved three sites for Bridgetown to submit to the province, which will make the final decision.
Wolfville is a renovation on the existing site, so a site selection process was not required.
The board still needs to submit business cases for the three new priorities to the province by May 5.
“In each of the past two years, we’ve received word back in December which projects have been approved for the following fiscal year,” Tait added.
If a project isn’t chosen for the coming fiscal year, she said, the board can revisit its priorities and can re-submit it for the following year.