Nova Scotia

Holy Angels school to close: official

An all-girls high school in Sydney will close in June now that a deal to lease the building has fallen through, a school board official says.

An all-girls high school in Sydney will close in June now that a deal to lease the building has fallen through, a school board official says.

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board heard from the religious order that owns the building on Friday.

Board chairman Lorne Green said the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame is proceeding with the sale of the building.

"So I guess in essence this will be the last graduating class from Holy Angels High," he told CBC News.

The nuns were considering an offer from a Sydney businessman to buy the school and lease it back to the board.

Green said he doesn't know why that fell through.

He said the board has run out of options to keep the school open and will start the process of placing staff and students at other schools this fall.

Grade 10 student Kayla MacKinnon said she is "heartbroken" that she won't be able to graduate from Holy Angels.

"My aunt graduated from here and I wanted to be the next to do the same," she said. "I feel like a lot of people are going to miss out on great opportunities because of this."

Principal Theresa MacKenzie said it was hard to tell her staff and students about the closure.

It was an emotional rollercoaster ride the last 16 months, as students fought to keep the school open, MacKenzie said and the closure announcement puts an end to months of uncertainty.

"In some ways, it's a relief because for the past 16 months we didn't know where we belonged, if there was a future, was I going out next week to recruit junior highs?' she said.

"All of that was uncertain, so it's nice to have confirmation, or a resolution to all of this, albeit a very sad one."

About 300 girls attend Holy Angels, which was established in 1885.

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