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The new Horton District High School took another step closer to
reality today as Education and Culture Minister Robbie Harrison
joined representatives of the Annapolis Valley Regional School
Board and ACCESS Technologies to turn the sod on the construction

"The hard work and partnership of students, teachers, parents and
the community have brought us to this moment," said Mr. Harrison.
"Today we break ground on a new state-of-the-art facility that
will truly be the heart of this community."

Horton is also breaking ground as the first public-private
partnership high school built in Canada. Extensive consultation
and partnerships with students, teachers and the community have
led to a design that combines the latest in technology with the
unique characteristics of the community.

Along with computers and Internet access in all learning areas,
the school will have an auditorium, music and art rooms,
gymnasium, student services and student council spaces, and an
outdoor performance area. Horton will also be technologically
linked with other high schools, allowing for sharing of
information and resources.

The new Horton will set the benchmark for all new high schools
built in Nova Scotia, said Mr. Harrison. "These schools will be
second to none because we are combining the expertise of the best
people in the business with a greater role than ever before for
the teachers and others in our schools and communities."

Construction of the new school will take place over the next
year. Doors open to students, staff and the community in
September 1998.


Contact: Catherine MacIsaac
         Education and Culture

         Paula Montgomery
         Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

trp                    June 16, 1997 - 4 p.m.