Nova Scotia

Lease sought for Holy Angels school

The Nova Scotia government says it will negotiate a lease with a potential buyer of Holy Angels High School, the all-girls public school in Sydney facing closure.

The Nova Scotia government says it will pursue a lease with a potential buyer of Holy Angels High School, the all-girls public school in Sydney facing closure.

The Department of Education announced the step Tuesday, raising hopes that the school — set up in 1885 — would remain open.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said Lorne Green, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Green said the board and the province have had preliminary discussions with an unnamed Sydney businessman.

He said a decision will be made at a special meeting of the board on Thursday.

But he won't say whether the board would pay more than $40,000 a year, the amount it now pays to the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the current owner of the school building.

"We've got sort of an understanding of where the potential buyer wants to be and where the board would like to be," said Green.

The Sisters are asking for $1.2 million for the school, convent and property.

About 300 girls attend Holy Angels — the only all-girls public high school in Atlantic Canada.

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