Government is exercising its contractual right to buy 10 P-3 schools from developers Nova Learning and Ashford Investments.
The price for the schools is $49.3 million. It is estimated that purchasing the schools will result in substantial savings when compared with renewing the leases for the next 30 years.
In the Strait Regional School Board, three schools will be purchased from Ashford Investments. Antigonish Education Centre, Bayview Education Centre in Port Hood & Dalbrae Academy, Mabou have all been purchased for a total price of 16 million dollars.
In 1998, the province signed agreements with four developers for long-term leases for 39 schools. With the latest announcement of purchasing 10 P-3 schools, it formally ends government’s partnership with the four developers. The province has purchased 37 of the schools, with another two surrendered or returned to the developer. The total cost of purchasing the 37 schools is $215.9 million.
At the NSSAF Track & Field Provincial Championships held at Beazley Field in Dartmouth this past weekend saw some local schools and athletes excel. St. Andrew Junior School won the Junior Division Provincial Banner, as well as the Junior Female team Banner. St. Andrew Junior School athletes who medalled were Malia Artibello – gold in 400m, Siona Chisholm – 2 gold in the 1500m & 3000m & silver in the 800m, Mairin Canning – 2 Bronze in the 800m & 1500m, Emma Cameron – Bronze in the 3000m, SAJS Female 4 x 100 relay team – gold, and 4 x 400m relay team of Sarah Stewart, Siona Chisholm, Mairin Canning and Malia Aritibello smashed the 1982 Provincial record with a time of 4:17:83 capturing gold medals.
Aidan MacDonald of Dr. J.H.Gillis Senior Girls – Gold in the 1500 and silver in the 800, Abigail MacDonald – Bronze in the 800, & Stephanie Wallace – Bronze in Intermediate Girls Discus.
Jayden Muise of Bayview Education Centre – Bronze in Junior Boys Shot put & Luke vanZutphen – Bronze in Junior Boys Long Jump.
No changes are afoot with schools in the Dalbrae Feeder system, and that has locals happy. At Wednesday’s Strait Regional School Board Meeting held in Port Hood, council decided to stay with ‘status quo’, meaning no closures in the forecast
Bobby Morris is the Liberal candidate in the upcoming provincial election, and also a co-chair for the advocacy committee in the area. Morris expresses similar sentiments as people throughout the province – the funding formula needs to change:
As a result of the meeting, the Governing Board voted in favour of of acquiring both Bayview Education Centre, and Dalbrae Academy after each school’s P3 lease expires.
There will be no changes to the Dalbrae Feeder System in the Strait Regional School Board. During a special meeting last night, the board adopted a motion to inform the Education Department that it will require both Bayview Education Centre in Port Hood, and the Dalbrae Academy in Mabou after each school’s P3 lease expires.
Whycocomagh Education Centre will also remain open.
The meeting was held at the Bayview Education Centre.