Nova Scotia

Offer made for Holy Angels building

The chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board says someone has made an offer to buy the Holy Angels High School building in Sydney, N.S.

The chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board says someone has made an offer to buy the Holy Angels High School building in Sydney, N.S.

Lorne Green said news of the proposed offer gives him hope that the all-girls high school will remain open.

"Definitely, it's part of the reason for entering into a negotiation with the sisters," Green told CBC News on Monday.

"Why else would you enter into negotiations for a school unless you plan on opening your own school?"

Green said he received a phone call on Friday and was told of the offer made on the school property. It's unclear whether the offer was accepted.

Green would not reveal his source of information or how much money was offered.

The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame own the school — founded in 1885 — and have been leasing it to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. The nuns are selling the building and an adjacent convent for $1.2 million.

Parents, students and former students of the only public all-girls high school in Atlantic Canada have been asking the government to buy the school building for the $750,000 asking price, although the province has said it will not pay to buy the school from the nuns.

If a buyer — who hopes to keep the school open — is not found, the school will close in June.

"The individual that I was speaking … would like to see the school continue, so that's a positive thing," said Green.

"It makes me feel optimistic in terms of the school continuing in the existing building."

Any details of a lease agreement would be decided between the buyer and the province.

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