The existing Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) hub sites will add two new schools, École NDA in Chéticamp, Inverness Co. and Centre scolaire de la Rive-Sud in Cookville, Lunenburg Co. SchoolsPlus brings a range of mental health services and other health programs together with mentoring, social work, homework support and justice services into schools where students and families can easily access them. Each hub site acts as a base for services at multiple schools. “SchoolsPlus forms the back bone to many initiatives in the South Shore Regional School Board that allow students to become more confident and develop new skills,” said Braden Newell, a Grade 11 student at Park View Education Centre. “Through SchoolPlus, I have been able to develop my public speaking skills, meet some amazing new people, develop technology skills and become certified in restorative justice.” SchoolsPlus is available in all eight school boards and every county in Nova Scotia, providing services to 182 schools. Students and families in every county of Nova Scotia will benefit from greater access to support services and after-school programs with the expansion of SchoolsPlus to 29 more schools. “I’ve always believed that education is the cornerstone of our province’s future success,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “SchoolsPlus offers students and their families the support and services they need, in a safe, inclusive space and this expansion means those services will be more accessible than ever before.” The premier was at Tallahassee Community School in Eastern Passage, today, June 18, with Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, to announce the four new hub sites as part of the SchoolsPlus expansion. The new hub sites are: Dr. T.L. Sullivan Junior High School, Florence, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, which will also serve nine other schools École secondaire du Sommet, Halifax, which will serve two other schools Tallahassee Community School, Eastern Passage, which will serve nine other schools Park View Education Centre, Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., which will serve three other schools
Leighton Contractors has been awarded a three year, A$249 million contract at the Isaac Plains open-pit coal mine for Isaac Plains Coal Management Pty Ltd. The contract includes a range of contract mining services, including the operation of a BE1370 dragline, and the supply and maintenance of mobile plant and equipment, to produce approximately 2.7 Mt/y of ROM coal. Leighton Holdings CEO, Hamish Tyrwhitt, said: “The range of mining services covered in this contract reflects the diversity of the Leighton Group’s skills in the resources sector. Leighton Contractors’ expertise in coal, and its history of more than three decades servicing the Australian mining sector, has enabled it to hone efficiencies and incorporate the use of technologies that improve cost structures for our clients.”Leighton Contractors Managing Director, Craig Laslett, said the award reflected Leighton Contractors’ track record and its continued delivery of generational expertise, value, and cost-effective solutions for clients. “This announcement is further testament of our ability to partner with our clients in developing innovative and efficient operating frameworks that ensure positive cost structure outcomes, as well as excellence in performance.”Isaac Plains is lies some 7 km east of Moranbah and 200 km southwest of Mackay in Queensland’s Bowen Basin region. Leighton Contractors will employ approximately 160 personnel at the mine. Isaac Plains is a joint venture project between Sumitomo Corp and Vale Australia.