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Eastern Shore Consolidated School Site Selection

THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK HAS NOW CLOSED.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED

An Invitation

The Province of Nova Scotia is seeking feedback from students, families, and the greater Eastern Shore school community as it considers where to build the new Eastern Shore Consolidated School.

Background

In December 2020, following public consultation, the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) recommended to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development that Gaetz Brook Junior High be consolidated with Eastern Shore District High.

That recommendation was confirmed and a site needs to be selected for the new school. In identifying possible sites, four criteria are being considered:

  • is the site within the catchment area for the school?
  • is the land owned by the province?
  • is the site large enough to accommodate the consolidated school?
  • is the site large enough to accommodate future growth of the school and future community needs?

The province is inviting all students, families, and residents of the Eastern Shore to share their thoughts and ideas. The technical report on site selection undertook an analysis of three sites:

  • current site of Eastern Shore District High on West Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour
  • current site of Gaetz Brook Junior High on Highway 7, Head of Chezzetcook
  • provincially-owned land in the Eastern Shore Industrial Park, Head of Chezzetcook

Schools are the heart of their communities and a new school can be a transformational project for an area. A new school provides a modern educational experience, with new technology and learning spaces that reflect the needs of the students and staff. By answering the question below, you will provide valuable feedback, which will be considered in the final decision.

Here is our question:

Considering the future of children that will attend the new Eastern Shore Consolidated School, what kinds of educational opportunities would you like to see now and in the future at this school?

Additional Resources

Government has assessed the locations being considered for recommendation to ensure they meet the needs of a new school. This report, prepared by the Department of Infrastructure and Housing, may provide additional technical information or answer some questions you have:

In addition, the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development has outlined the criteria for the school site in a letter:

Regulations for school site selection:

How to Participate

We know seeking feedback from the community during a pandemic needs to be very different. We are offering multiple options for people to select the way that works best for them to share their thoughts and ideas. This will also allow you to provide feedback at the time most convenient.

Feedback will be accepted until April 23, 2021.

Virtual Town Hall

We are hosting a virtual town hall through Thoughtexchange. This platform provides participants with an opportunity to contribute ideas and opinions, see what others have offered, and rate the comments.

It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s done anonymously.

Other ways to provide input

We have other opportunities for you to share your feedback between now and April 23, 2021.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas.