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New High School in Eastern Passage

In April 2012, the Premier of Nova Scotia announced a new high school would be built in Eastern Passage. At the time, it was scheduled to open in September 2014 at an estimated cost of $15 million. To read the government news release announcing the new school, click here.

In July 2013, an update on the project was provided by the Premier. It was announced that the province had looked closely at the options to bring a high school to the community and determined that building a new facility rather than renovating an existing school was the best and most cost-effective route. Read the news release.

Site Selection

Part of the process for the building of a new school involves a site selection process. To lead the process, a Site Selection Committee (SSC) is formed and the committee identifies three possible locations for construction of a new school. These locations are presented in a report to the Governing Board for approval and submission to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD).

To SSC submitted its report to the Governing Board in September 2013. To review the SSC report, click here. The HRSB approved the recommendations and forwarded them to the provincial government.

On April 16, 2015, the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development announced the new high school will be built on former municipal property at the Eastern Passage Commons. To read the news release, click here.

School Steering Team (SST)

The School Steering Team serves an advisory role in the design of the school. The committee will be asked to provide input to the provincial government for consideration during the design process for the new school. Final decisions on the design of the school rests with the provincial government, as represented by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

SST Minutes

  • June 13, 2016 - link
  • January 28, 2016 - link
  • October 1, 2015 - link
  • August 20, 2015 - link
  • July 27, 2015 - link
  • July 6, 2015 - link


Click on any of the pictures to enlarge

Erecting the tilt-up gymnasium walls - April 2017

School Name

Naming a new school facility is the responsibility of the governing board. In accordance with the Naming School Facilities policy, the principal or principal designate will identify and lead a consultation process to name the school.

The process will include a school organization such as a School Advisory Council, Parent/Teacher Association, School Steering Team and the public. Also, student input, appropriate for the age level served by the school should be a significant part of the process.

To read the Naming School Facilities policy, click here.


January 29, 2015: Letter to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development re: Site Selection Update - (link)