09/12/2013 03:46 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia government takes over school renovation project from school board

RIVER HEBERT, N.S. - The Nova Scotia government is taking over the renovations at a high school in Cumberland County because it says there have been delays in the project.

Carole Olsen, the province's deputy minister of Education, says she has informed the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board it is no longer responsible for the renovations at the River Hebert District High School.

The government says the project at the school west of Amherst has faced delays, including an unexpected pause to review a tender that came in more than 45 per cent above the budget estimate of $6 million.

Tenders for the second phase of the project are expected to go out in the next few weeks.

The school will serve Primary to Grade 12 students once the renovations are complete.

River Hebert Elementary students will then move into the new school.