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Replacement School for SJAM


A replacement for St. Joseph's-Alexander McKay school is part of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's (EECD) 2019-2024 Nova Scotia School Capital Plan.

Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2021 with an anticipated completion date in 2023.

Below are some of the processes that will occur leading up to the completion of this project:

Site Selection

The replacement school will be built on the site of the current school.

School Steering Team

A School Steering Team (SST) has been created to provide input to government to support the design process. The SST include staff from SJAM, members of the School Advisory Council, along with staff from HRCE and the provincial government.

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 Infrastructure and Housing.

The SST held its first meeting on February 11, 2021.

SST Agendas

SST Minutes

School Name

The school principal will lead a process to recommend potential names for the new school to Regional Executive Director of Education.

The process will include opportunities for particpation from the public, including students. To learn more, read the HRCE's Naming or Renaming Schools policy.

Community Updates


  • January 17, 2023 - Link (Update on project progress)
  • June 29, 2022 - Link (Update on project progress)
  • October 28, 2021 - Link (Update on project progress)
  • January 20, 2021 - Link (Announcement of relocation of students and staff for September 2021)