Eastern Passage residents were outraged last night upon hearing the school board defer a decision to build a new high school in their community.
“We’ve been fighting it and wanting it for years now. It’s not fair. It’s not fair,” mother of two Tracey Mohr said.
Halifax regional school board staff and a Toronto-based independent consultant had recommended building a high school serving Eastern Passage, Shearwater and Woodside. The move meant closing either Auburn Drive High or Cole Harbour District High and busing some to Eastern Passage.
But last night one-man school board Howard Windsor deferred making that decision until the rationale for abandoning an existing high school is studied further.
Eastern Passage resident Joyce Treen was livid, saying students are cut off from taking part in after-school activities and have lengthy bus rides outside their communities.
“Shame on Mr. Windsor,” said the mother of one. “Somebody outside our community – Toronto – can come down here and pick that out and it’s right in front of his face and he can’t see it. Shame on him.”
Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage MLA Becky Kent said the deferral is a big blow. “We’re not going to give up the fight,” she said.
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