Nova Scotia announced Tuesday morning it would be spending more than $300 million in the next seven years for a new school construction and renovation program.


The $307.3 million investment is for eight new schools to be built and 41 other schools to be upgraded around the province. The announcement is part of the province’s Building For Growth economic stimulus plan, which was announced last month and has so far resulted in almost $800 million in spending announcements.


In the Halifax Regional Municipality, four new schools are to be constructed.


A new high school will replace Charles P. Allen in Bedford with a scheduled opening of 2012. In Halifax, a Joseph Howe Elementary School replacement is set for 2013 along with a LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary School replacement for 2014.

In Dartmouth, a new P-9 school will replace Prince Arthur-Southdale-North Woodside and open in 2014.

Another two schools — Dartmouth High and Inglis Street Elementary — will both receive multi-million dollar upgrades.