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Land acquired for new school in Bedford

It's expected to take three years for the school to open
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The new location for a pre-primary to Grade 9 school has been selected in the Bedford area, with work expected to begin this summer.

An email was sent out to families from the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, telling them a parcel of land had been acquired off Larry Uteck Boulevard on Broad Street.

The email from Elwin LeRoux says the new school is expected to ease enrolment pressures in the area.

"The province was fortunate to find and purchase a piece of land large enough to accommodate a new school in Bedford, along with any future building needs because of rapid population growth," he says.

MLA for the area, Kelly Regan says the land was purchased for $4.9 million, which she calls a good deal, considering the amount of development happening in the area.

Kelly Regan says she is excited the province was able to get property in that location, calling it a hotspot for growth.

"We don't often see large parcels like this one come available in Bedford these days," Regan said. "We were delighted to get it because it gives us the opportunity in the future for expansion."

In terms of next steps, Regan says the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will move into the design and building stages before the HRCE develops a steering committee to gather community feedback.

HRCE says details on a boundary review to establish a catchment area for the new school will be shared this fall.

It's expected to take three years for the school to open, and Regan adds the public will be able to provide input about the services they wish to see at the school.

 




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