Question of funding for W.A. MacLeod school should be known by year end

Sueann Musick
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RIVERTON – The local school board should find out by the end of 2013 whether the province will be funding renovations at Dr. W.A. MacLeod School. 

W.A. MacLeod school

Pictou East MLA Tim Houston asked Nova Scotia Education Minister Karen Casey this past week in the Legislature when funding to upgrade the school will be approved and she responded by saying the Liberal government’s capital plan is expected to be released in the near future.

“We are currently working on our capital plan for the next school year. We expect that there will be a release of a capital plan before the end of this calendar year, and any capital projects that we have will be there. But I'm fully aware of the request. I understand the importance it has to the students to make sure that they have an appropriate setting, in particular for the junior high students, and that request from the board to the department has been received and is being reviewed and considered,” Casey said.

Highland Consolidated was closed by the school board because of an odour and the students were transferred to Dr. W.A. MacLeod School in Riverton which was an elementary school. The school board has applied to the province for $3.5 million to renovate MacLeod School so that it can accommodate grades 7 and 8.

“I know the staff will be relieved to know that they'll be receiving an answer before the end of the calendar year,” said Houston. “So the community is looking for a permanent solution, but they do recognize that this will take time. The students of Highland Consolidated have been unfairly disadvantaged because they have not had access to the same standard of education facilities as those students at other middle schools.”

Organizations: MacLeod School

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Riverton

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