Folks worried that a change in government would interfere with renovations at the Hantsport School can breathe a sigh of relief.
Hants West MLA Chuck Porter recently announced that Education Minister Karen Casey assured him the Liberals intend to fully fund the renovation project originally announced in 2009 under Progressive Conservative (PC) rule.
“There was great concern that the project itself wouldn’t be completed, that it would be delayed,” Porter said.
The PC government promised $2.97 million for the project in the original funding announcement.
The first phase of construction for the renovation did not begin until the summer of 2013.
Although work was underway well into the spring this year, Porter felt it appropriate to have the newly elected education minister commit to the completion of the multiple-phase project.
“I wanted to make sure that that work wasn’t forgotten,” he said.
Michelle Lucas, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, listed the installation of a new main electrical service, sewer line upgrades, waterproofing of the back wall of the school, site drainage and new exterior wall panels as work completed so far.
The school is still in line for upgrades to the mechanical and electrical distribution systems, washrooms, administration area, cafeteria and classrooms, Lucas added.
The actual cost of the renovation project, to be paid for with Tangible Capital Assets funding, remains to be seen.
“We do not have a final cost at this time,” Lucas said.