11/21/2012 10:35 EST | Updated 01/21/2013 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia government announces new school for Halifax to open in 2015

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's advanced education minister says a new school will be built in Halifax to replace two others that are more than 60 years of age.

Marilyn More announced today that a school serving primary to Grade 9 students will be built in the south Dartmouth area.

It will replace Southdale-North Woodside Elementary and Prince Arthur Junior High schools.

More says design work will begin in the spring to determine the final cost of the project, though it's expected to be about $18 million.

The school is expected to open in 2015 and take in 550 students.