Nova Scotia

Lease agreement of all-girls school will happen

A local school board voted in favour of arranging a lease agreement with a new owner of the Holy Angels High School property on Thursday evening.
A meeting Thursday evening will decide the fate of the Holy Saints High School in Sydney. ((CBC))

A local school board voted in favour of arranging a lease agreement with a new owner of the Holy Angels High School property on Thursday evening.

This was the first step in keeping the school open, the only public all-girls school in Atlantic Canada.

The school, opened in 1885, had been on the chopping block since the congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame said they wouldn't renew their lease with the education department and planned to sell the school, convent and property for $1.2 million.

On Tuesday, the Nova Scotia government said it would pursue a lease with a potential buyer of the school.

Lorne Green, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board said the board and the province have had preliminary discussions with an unnamed Sydney businessman.

About 300 students attend the school.

Holy Angel's principal, Theresa MacKenzie, said waiting on a decision hasn't been easy.

"It's 16 months of not knowing how long you're going to be here and what's going to happen. Someday you're up for it and then others you hear something discouraging," said MacKenzie. "So it's like a rollercoaster ride."

MacKenzie later credited community support with the favourable decision.

"I think it was definitely the community. We've had support from all of the political parties across the province, it's been amazing ... people are interested and people see Holy Angels is different, it does make a difference to our students."

 

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