A long awaited facelift planned for River Hebert District High School is finally moving ahead.

Education Minister Karen Casey says a tender to renovate and expand the school has been awarded. The contract — worth more than $6 million — is going to Dora Construction.

The news follows an emotional demonstration by parents in September.

The initial upgrades were put on hold when the project went 45 per cent over budget.

Parents said that left the building in unacceptable condition — with broken windows and a swamp where the expansion was supposed to happen.

The plan is to renovate the high school so it can also accept students from the local elementary school, which is scheduled to close in 2015.