EDUCATION–G.R. Saunders Construction Timeline and BudgetEstablished Students at G.R. Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton willsoon have a bigger and better facility. The Department ofEducation announced today, May 6, it has set a timeline andbudget for the renovation process that will result inimprovements to the school’s gymnasium, library, cafeteria andmusic facilities. At the request of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board,the department evaluated the G.R. Saunders building in June 2004and determined that the work would be a good long terminvestment. The renovations will enable G.R. Saunders to betteraccommodate Grade 6 students from Stellarton Middle School, whichclosed in 2004. “We are happy to be working with the school board, G.R. Saundersstaff and students, and the school community to put theconstruction plans into action,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. The department will review the details of the plan with membersof the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, G.R. Saundersstaff and the school steering team to identify priorities andbudget parameters. Renovation details will be finalized by June 30. The $250,000design contract has been awarded to Harvey & MacKenzie Architectsand the construction contract will be issued for tender in March2006. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2006 and isexpected to be completed by September 2007. The budget for work in 2006-07 is $2 million. The remainder ofthe project budget for 2007-08 has not yet been determined. In 2004, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board closedStellarton Middle School. Grades 7 and 8 students were re-assigned to Westville Middle School, and Grade 6 students beganattending G.R. Saunders in September 2004. The renovation budget originally slated for Stellarton MiddleSchool was transferred to G.R. Saunders to upgrade the facilityto accommodate the additional students. Three new schools — North Nova Education Centre, NorthumberlandRegional High School and Truro Junior High — opened in theChignecto-Central Regional School Board in the last two years.