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New High School in Eastern Passage

Construction of the new high school in Eastern Passage is well underway.


Background

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 up to 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

Pictures

Click on any of the pictures to enlarge

Erecting the tilt-up gymnasium walls - April 2017

Moving earth to level the grounds - May 2017

Creating the footing - May 2017

Framing the exterior walls - May 2017

Front rendering - June 2017

Back rendering - June 2017

School Name

Naming a new school facility is the responsibility of the Governing Board. In accordance with A.001 The Naming or Renaming Schools policy, the principal or principal designate will identify and lead a consultation process to name the school.

The process to name the new school is currently underway. From May 15 to June 5, 2017, the Eastern Passage School Naming Committee accepted electronic and written submissions for consideration.

All submissions are now being reviewed by the committee, who will then present a list of three recommended names to the HRSB for final review and selection.

Correspondence

May 2017: Executive summary of monthly progress from April 2017 - (link)
January 29, 2015: Letter to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development re: Site Selection Update - (link)