Students Returning Home to Oxford

Media Release: 
Monday, September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018– Truro, NS – Students from Oxford Regional Education Centre will be able to return to their Oxford school location by the early November 2018. This information, along with the findings from an engineer’s review of the issue and subsequent report and the construction plan, were released to staff and parents at meetings hosted in Oxford by Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education (CCRCE) and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on Monday, September 24, 2018. 

 “We are pleased that our staff and students will be able to return to their home school in a relatively short time,” said Gary Adams, Regional Executive Director of CCRCE. “We recognize the relocation has been challenging for our students, parents & guardians, and staff and we have appreciated their patience as we waited to learn the full scope of the issues. At this point, our focus is to work on a transition plan to bring students back to a safe building.”

The report findings indicated that the integrity of the building structure was found to be sound and once repairs are complete, students and staff will be able to once again occupy the building. The engineering consultant that produced the report from Campbell Comeau Engineering Ltd. also presented the construction plan of the needed repairs at the meetings on Monday.

Students and staff were initially removed from the building when an issue with the masonry work was found during routine maintenance checks over the summer. At the time, the scope of the repairs was unknown and as a precaution, students and staff were relocated to Pugwash community schools. Structural engineering consultants were brought in to assess the full extent of the issues in the building. With the report outlining the full scope of the issue and needed repairs, repairs are underway to prepare the building for a safe return.

The Oxford Pre-Primary class will also return to the Oxford Regional building when students return. In the meantime, Oxford Pre-Primary students can join the Pre-Primary program at Cyrus Eaton Elementary.

The engineering reports and updates on the return to Oxford are now available on the CCRCE website (http://www.ccrce.ca/school-relocation-information). 

Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education is comprised of nearly 3,000 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRCE serves approximately 20,000 students including Pre-Primary and from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

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For more information, contact:

Jennifer Rodgers

Communications Manager 

Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education

902-897-8911