Argyle-Barrington MLA Chris d’Entremont is pleased that after almost a decade of pressure from the community, Wedgeport will finally get a new school.
Today, the government announced its school capital plan. École Wedgeport is slated for a school replacement in 2019-20.
“Le Comité d’Action and chairperson Kelley LeBlanc have done a phenomenal job bringing this school to the forefront. The school is in desperate need of repair and we want to see this work get done sooner than later,” says d”Entremont. “These students have put up with a lot over the years. I’m glad to see it’s finally on the government’s list.”
d’Entremont has been pressuring the government for a new school for years. In 2016, he presented the former Minister of Education Karen Casey with 90 letters from concerned parents and grandparents requesting a new school be built. Since becoming Education Minister last year, Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill had been told by this neighbouring Acadian community about the terrible condition of École Wedgeport.
d’Entremont says he’s pleased the Minister took action and hopes going forward community members want to be part of the process to make sure the right school gets built.
“Students and parents are looking forward to the next phases of site determination, design and build,” says d’Entremont. “We want to make sure that the school is the right one for the community now and into the future.”