Community input, transparency key to school site selection: Halman

November 05, 2018 at 9:06 am

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A school site selection process must be fair, transparent and give communities a real voice, Progressive Conservative Education critic Tim Halman said today.

Last April, the Liberal government announced that the existing Eastern Shore High School would be replaced, but it never disclosed its site selection process.

Instead of sitting idly by while government further delays the release of the new site selection process, the Musquodoboit Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce & Civic Affairs has stepped up.  The organization recently released a 21-page business case that it hopes the Department of Education will consider when choosing a site for the new Eastern Shore District High School.

Halman said that the Chamber’s work sets the tone for an informed and democratic site selection process.

“Because the elimination of school boards has silenced stakeholders across the province, community voices are more important now than ever before,” Halman said. “Government transparency is crucial to ensuring the community has confidence in the site that is selected and we call on government to make good use of this thoughtful proposal.”