Students in Trenton, N.S. will soon have the opportunity to attend a brand new school for grades pre-primary to Grade 8. The investment replaces the aging infrastructure of Trenton Elementary and Trenton Middle School, providing a modern learning environment for students.
The announcement was made by Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, and MLA for Pictou Centre, on behalf of Becky Druhan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister Dunn expressed enthusiasm about the new school, stating, “This new school is great for students, staff, and the community. Not only will it address aging infrastructure and population growth, it will ensure the school remains a vibrant hub, bringing together the entire community.”
The new school in the Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education district is expected to serve approximately 280 students. The project is part of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s five-year capital plan, which aims to enhance educational facilities across the province.
Trenton Elementary, built in 1966, currently accommodates around 152 students from pre-primary to Grade 4. Meanwhile, Trenton Middle School, with its original construction dating back to 1925 and subsequent additions in 1953, 1967, and 1985, serves approximately 136 students in grades 5 through 8. The new school is expected to open its doors to students in September 2027.
Principal Mark Fortune of Trenton Elementary School expressed his excitement about the announcement, stating, “The announcement of a new school coming to Trenton is so exciting for our students and I am sure as equally exciting for the community as a whole. It will be very nice to have a facility to match the students’ enthusiasm for learning. Presently, we enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces every day, so I can only imagine how big and bright those smiles would be in a new school. I am so happy; my bucket is full!”
Alison Ellsworth Cameron, a member of the School Advisory Council at Trenton Elementary School, emphasized the significance of the investment, stating, “A school is the heart of the community, and education is our best investment. Our children in Trenton are entitled to and deserve a quality education like every other child in Nova Scotia. An education in a new positive learning environment will be the foundation for a better future for the children today and generations to come. We are excited for the children of Trenton and the community as a whole.”