Students, educators, and community leaders officially openedTruro Junior High today, Jan. 28, with a ceremony in the schoolgymnasium. The $11.3-million school opened in September 2004 to more than500 students from Grade 6 to Grade 9. Education Minister Jamie Muir thanked the Truro community for itscontributions to the new school. “There’s a real story here in the tremendous communityinvolvement in the new Truro Junior High,” said Mr. Muir. “Thecommunity responded with enthusiasm to the opportunity to buildenhancements into the school. “The wonderful music room, the expanded gym, the enhanced FirstNations learning centre, and the multicultural centre are all theproduct of community involvement.” The community contributed $720,000 worth of enhancements to theproject. Trudy Thompson, chair of the Chignecto Central Regional SchoolBoard, congratulated the Town of Truro and the students on theofficial opening of the new school. “This new facility will provide many wonderful educationalopportunities for the grades six to nine students of Truro. Welook forward to the enhanced experiences available to ourstudents. “Thank-you to the province of Nova Scotia for making the buildinga reality and to all of those who worked hard to make it happen.” The school has 51,130 square feet (4,750 square metres) oflearning space, including two science classrooms, an informationtechnology lab, 4,750 square feet (441 square metres)devoted tothe arts, and a 2,100-square-foot (195 square metre) FamilyStudies space. The Young Street building is part of an eight-year schoolconstruction program funded by the Department of Education worthmore than $400 million. The construction was managed by the Department of Transportationand Public Works.