Posted: 23-Oct-13

$3.7-million tender accepted for CH School upgrade


Greg Bennett

Published on May 13, 2013



Let’s get on with it.”

That was the sentiment of Clarks Harbour Elementary School principal Lesley Smith after a $3.7-million tender for a major retrofit at Clarks Harbour Elementary School was accepted last week by the Tri-County Regional School Board.

The bid by Delmar Construction, of Yarmouth, was the lowest of five tenders for the first phase of the project that will include the construction of a new 5,400 square foot gymnasium and three additional classrooms. The first phase of the work will also include the development of a new bus parking loop and a soccer field.

It will mean a year of “craziness” as school officials deal with construction ongoing while students are in school.

“We’ll have to take it one step at a time,” said Principal Smith. “We realize it will be a crazy year but we’re going to make it work.”

After tendering delays, Smith said she was thrilled to learn a tender had been accepted and that the project was going ahead.

The project was broken into two phases earlier this year after tenders came in more than $1-million over budget.

Steve Stoddart, director of operations for the Tri-County Regional School Board, said a second phase of the project, to be completed in 2015, will see renovations completed to the existing sections of the Clark’s Harbour school.

Stoddart was meeting with the winning bidder next week to discuss more details about the project. He said all five bids were close in price.

“That lets you know we’re getting value for our dollars,” he said.

He said school officials are hopeful to have the first phase completed so students could move in by September 2014.

The final phase of the project would have to be completed in 2015.

The project to upgrade and renovate Clark's Harbour Elementary School to become a consolidated Primary to Grade 6 school will eventually see the closure of another nearby facility, the Cape Sable Island Elementary School.

The Clarks Harbour school will become home to all primary to grade 6 students in the area.

Earlier this year, the Town of Clarks Harbour tore down a house near the site in preparation for the eventual construction. The house and land was purchased by the Town to offer space for an elementary school playground.

Clarks Harbour Mayor Leigh Stoddart said after an initial hiccup that he was pleased a bid had been accepted for the first phase of the project.

The school board will manage the project in collaboration with the departments of Education and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

About 200 students will attend the renovated school.