BAY ROBERTS, NL — The local MHA says work to build a replacement school for Coley’s Point Primary in Bay Roberts should commence in 2019.
“As you know, it takes several years to complete a school, and it takes about $20 million,” Pam Parsons told the Compass.
The province budgeted $750,000 in 2017. Parsons said she’s been assured by the Transportation and Works minister the school replacement project in on track for a 2021 completion date, with more money for the project coming in the 2018-19 budget. Full details on that budget should be available in the coming weeks.
Parsons indicated she invited Bay Roberts council members to meet with herself and Transportation and Works Minister Steve Crocker to discuss replacement of the aging school, which is 66 years old.
Land expropriated on Eric Dawe Drive near Amalgamated Academy remains the intended building site for the new school.
“The land has been expropriated for that space,” said Parsons. “I have also received confirmation that no dealings, like say the payment for the land and the timing of that, will affect the progress of this project moving forward. Say, hypothetically speaking, if the land is not paid for, that’s not going to stop the project from moving forward. Those are two separate entities at this point.”
Parsons added she has continually heard from parents and teachers about the need to address the school issue.
“They’ve been lobbying for this for years and years and years,” she said. “It’s something that’s well overdue.”