Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre, $1.3 million Glace Bay High School, $1.88 million Sydney Mines Memorial Composite High School, $5.52 million Donkin School, $1 million Hants North P-12 (new) Trenton P-8 (new) Bridgetown Regional High School (renovation to a P-12) Park View Education Centre (renovation) Wolfville School (renovation) Breton Education Centre (renovation) Cobequid Education Centre (renovation) Existing renovation and expansion projects will continue at 21 other schools. For the first time, the province required school boards to submit business plans with their list of priority projects. To help boards, the province has also set aside $500,000 to further study the following potential projects: The funds will assist school boards in hiring consultants to help in the preparation of comprehensive business cases. Government and school boards will work together on preparing the cases. As these projects move from study to implementation, further government approvals will be necessary. This is the third straight year the province will release the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead, and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for projects, creating efficiencies and cost savings for the province. Students across Nova Scotia will be learning in improved, upgraded schools as the province puts kids and learning first. The province will renovate and improve 26 schools across the province in 2013-14 as part of its Capital Plan. “We’re putting kids and learning first by providing our students with the best schools, classrooms and technology that we can,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex, who made the announcement today, Dec. 7, at École secondaire du Sommet in Halifax. “This significant investment will ensure our young people get a good education that leads to good jobs.” École du Sommet will undergo a $2-million expansion to meet the growing needs of the Acadian and French first-language community in Halifax. While enrolment is declining overall across the province, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial is the only school board experiencing growth. When École secondaire du Sommet opened in 2010 it had 320 students. Today, its enrolment is 415. “We are very happy at CSAP with the Department of Education’s support towards the expansion of École secondaire du Sommet,” said Kenneth Gaudet, CSAP president. “The space that will be added is very necessary in this school where the number of students continues to increase year after year. We will be better able to respond to the growing needs of this school.” Other new multi-year renovation projects will also begin at:
Rabat – According to a recent report by the Associated Press, Morocco will refrain from using Trump’s unfavorable global reputation as leverage during the kingdom’s ongoing campaign to host the 2026 World Cup.The report cites an interview with Hicham El Amrani, Morocco’s 2026 bid chief executive, who, commenting on the potential asset that Trump could be to Morocco’s bid, allegedly told the Associated Press that Morocco would focus on its bid and “leave it up to voters to decide what they think,” adding “I won’t make comments about the leadership here and there.”“We don’t want to win the right to host because of someone else, but because of our clear advantages… we will stay away from [Trump] because it is not proper to comment”, the outlet further quoted Mr. El Amrani. While the Associated Press pointed to the financial benefit that could double for FIFA if North America were to host the 2026 World Cup edition, El Amrani reportedly pointed to the numerous advantages of hosting the cup in Morocco, such as the “sweet spot in Time zones” and the “more comfortable and shorter travelling time” to match venues which, El Amrani added, “will allow for better quality of play.”“Contrary to what we can hear about potential revenue,” El Mani also said, commenting on the supposed financial asset of the North American contenders, “Morocco has a fantastic offer from that perspective.”Until the final deliberations (this time, all 211 football nations will vote), it is clear that Morocco’s bid, as it comes with pan-African support, is a serious challenge to the North-American triumvirate.In an article published in August of last year, The New York Times was already describing Morocco’s bid as “a last minute Challenger,” and “a potential complication to the United States-led campaign that appeared to be coasting to victory unopposed.”Just a bit of patience for football fans, and time will tell.