By SHERRI BORDEN COLLEY Staff Reporter
Wed. Apr 23 – 8:50 PM
The Halifax regional school board recommended Wednesday night that three schools be listed for immediate review for closure.
Howard Windsor, the one-man board, named Saint Mary’s School on Morris Street in Halifax, St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School on Maitland Street in Halifax and Alderney Elementary on Penhorn Drive in Dartmouth as the schools to be reviewed.
In response to a consultant’s report, staff asked that the board not identify the schools but Mr. Windsor rejected that recommendation.
The earliest any of the three schools could close is September 2009. The board will also ask the Education Department to fully fund construction of a new $25-million high school in Bedford and to redirect $8 million previously allocated for renovations at Bedford Junior High to renovations at Dartmouth High.
As well, the board approved a recommendation that funding be dedicated to building a school to replace Joseph Howe Elementary on Maynard Street in Halifax.
To the dismay of many parents, the board decided a new high school is not needed for the Eastern Passage, Shearwater and Woodside areas. Students from those areas will continue to be bused to Cole Harbour District High.
Mr. Windsor said further study must address the rationale for abandoning an existing high school only to build another multimillion-dollar high school and still having to transport roughly the same number of students.