Nova Scotia

LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary in Halifax to be demolished

LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary in Halifax will be demolished to make way for a new school that will be built in its place, the provincial government said Thursday.

School is located at Watt Street, between Vernon and Walnut streets

A new elementary school will be built on the existing property of LeMarchant-St. Thomas, the province said Thursday. (CBC)

LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary in Halifax will be demolished to make way for a new school that will be built in its place, the provincial government said Thursday.

"The current site represents the best option for students, teachers and staff," Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey said in a statement.

Casey approved the submission by the Halifax Regional School Board. A team will be chosen by the board to begin planning the new building that will be constructed on the existing property.

Michelle Lucas, a spokesperson for the department, said building costs will be determined as part of the planning and design phase. 

"Given the age of the school, HRSB submitted it to be replaced as part of the province's capital projects," she wrote in an email to CBC News.

"It was first identified for replacement in 2003 and the department committed funding in 2009."

Students at LaMarchant-St. Thomas will be relocated to other schools by September 2016.

There are currently 410 students enrolled at the school, which is located on Watt Street, between Vernon and Walnut streets.

LaMarchant-St. Thomas is 91 years old. The last major addition was in 1958.

No other construction time frames were provided by the province.

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