From a leaky roof to mouldy water fountains, Dartmouth High parents say renovations at the Victoria Road school can’t wait much longer.
The school advisory council said this week they’ll push to ensure the provincial government follows through on its promise to renovate Dartmouth High, which turns 50 this year. On April 14, the Tories announced more than $11 million in funding to fix up the school, part of $307 million for school construction and renovation across the province.
“This was wonderful news for Dartmouth High and for the community; however, we are concerned that this project could be delayed, . . . as we’ve seen this happen in the past,” Rachel Tabor, whose son is in Grade 11, told Halifax regional school board members Wednesday.
“There have been no significant improvements in the past 14 years,” she said. “There have been minor repairs and renovations, but the school building . . . has gone into decline.”
That’s why parents want to see a “specific timeline” for renovations, Tabor said.
Board chairman Irvine Carvey said he and his fellow eight members “will work very closely with the community” to decide on how best to improve Dartmouth High School.
Board member Gin Yee, who represents the district where the deteriorating school stands, said Thursday it’s important that his colleagues “see the conditions at Dartmouth High.” But he pointed out the provincial budget still has to be passed.
“These renovations are . . . urgent,” he said.