As part of a launch Friday in St. John’s for government’s five-year infrastructure plan, $750,000 was budgeted for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to replace the school, which is 65 years old. Investment in the project is due annually over the next four fiscal years through to 2020-2021.
“Ultimately, it will take about two years to actually complete a school — two-to-three years,” Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons told The Compass Friday morning, adding it will cost an estimated $21 million.
Land near Amalgamated Academy was expropriated on Eric Dawe Drive in 2015. Parsons, who attended Friday’s announcement, said no work on the project has been done up to this point.
“This is a start,” she said. “This is very positive, and the years are outlined. It’s here in writing. People certainly have to be held accountable that this unfolds as it’s planned here. I certainly have every intention of doing that.”
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood was less enthused by Friday’s news. Acknowledging it’s nice to see some dollar figures attached to the project, Wood admitted he was hoping for more from government. He noted one new school in Paradise set to commence the planning and design phase has $2 million attached to it for 2017-2018.