News Release Archive

Building one of the best schools in North America and working in
partnership with the school and community were two themes
highlighted during presentations today on the new Horton District
High School, in Kings County.

Education and Culture Minister Robbie Harrison brought
representatives from the private sector partner - ACCESS
Technologies - to Horton to share plans ACCESS is developing for
the new school. School and community members got a first glimpse
at some of the design and technology features being proposed,
including artistic and athletic areas, community and social
spaces, a cafeteria, telecommunications, and landscaping. ACCESS
also outlined plans for consultation to ensure school and
community involvement in creating the new Horton school.

Mr. Harrison said the new school will be "unlike any other school
in the country, or indeed in North America. Horton District High
will be the focus of attention from coast to coast."

Horton will have all the latest bells and whistles -- computers
and big-screen video monitors in every classroom, telecom links
with neighbouring schools, and links to global neighbours through
the Internet. Students and teachers will be able to
electronically access everything from encyclopedias to English
literature without ever leaving where they are working or

Mr. Harrison said the technology is a backdrop to what is most
important - the world-class education teachers will offer.
"Teachers have already put a lot of thought into how technology
can support learning. In music, for example, students can learn
to write music with computers connected to electronic keyboards,
interlinked directly with a laser printer."

Technology will also support Horton as a comprehensive high
school, so the interests and needs of all students are supported.
Linkages with post-secondary institutions, Valley workplaces and
the community should all be crucial parts of the mix.

Benefits to neighbouring schools were also discussed. The ACCESS
proposal states Horton can become a centre for distance and
tele-learning for other schools. For example, the wealth of
telecommunications resources at Horton, from the latest
curriculum software to information databases, will be just as
accessible to students at Kings County Academy, Cornwallis and
other neighbouring schools.

Mr. Harrison said ACCESS has proposed a design that reflects the
strengths and beauty of the area. "As an example, the Annapolis
Valley is becoming increasingly recognized for excellence in the
arts. The proposed school design capitalizes on these strengths,
focusing on an arts neighbourhood with a theatre-auditorium and
exhibition facilities for the music, drama and fine arts
programs. This would include an outdoor performance park, set off
by an orchard and gardens."

Students, who Mr. Harrison said are already known for their
winning ways in sports, will also have athletic fields and better
sports facilities, inside and outside the school.
Architecturally-designed community spaces will be available for
special community and school events -- with special display areas
for artwork and school projects.

Students will also have a cafeteria for the first time. As well,
prevention, through the right design, maintenance and
sophisticated ventilation and air handling systems, will mean a
healthy environment for students and teachers to learn and work.

Another benefit of public-private sector partnerships is the
stimulation of private sector investment and jobs for Nova
Scotians, the minister said. The ACCESS proposal predicts
"80-person years" will be created in the on-site construction
activities and many more in the supply and fabrication of
materials off-site by local suppliers or manufacturers. The
ACCESS proposal also states much of the work force will come from
the surrounding communities.


Contact: Donna MacDonald  902-424-2615

trp                      Jan. 13, 1997 - 2:30 p.m.