The Town of Pictou is looking for proposals on what to do with a former school.
Pictou Academy (from Town of Pictou web site)
Back in December, the Town of Pictou took ownership of the former Pictou Academy facility after it was closed. Since then, the town held public consultations regarding the school and CAO Dan Troke said the municipality determined it was best to go with an expression of interest, which they opened last week. The deadline for expressions of interest, which can be found on the town’s Web site, is November 1.
The CAO said they looking for business plans that can also maintain the building, calling it a predominant structure in the community.
Troke said they are looking at the expressions of interest as they come, noting they won’t be waiting until the close. He said if an organization is looking at making an expression, it is probably worthwhile to let the town know even if the proposals aren’t ready. All questions or issues concerning this EOI are to be directed to Troke via email and received no later than October 18, 2018.
It was decided at the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board meeting last night to make Pictou Elementary School a P-8 school, and to move grades 9-12 students to Dr. Thomas McCulloch. This decision means the governing board voted for the closure of Pictou Academy.
It was also decided to rename the Dr. Thomas McCulloch school “Pictou Academy”, in accordance with legislation. A release says that a transition process to suport the schooling communities will begin in the coming weeks.
This change will come into effect for the 2017-18 school year.
It was a successful weekend at provincial tournaments for several local high school teams.
North Nova Education Centre won two provincial titles. In Division one Boys Rugby the Gryphons downed Sir John A MacDonald 21-5 in the title game. In Division One Girls Fastpitch, North Nova downed Avon View in the final 15-2.
Two other local teams won silver medals. In Division one Boys Fastpitch, Dalbrae Academy took Silver, losing to South Colchester in the final 5-0. In Division 3 Boys slo-pitch, Richmond Academy picked up the Silver Medal, losing to Bridgewater in a close contest in the final 20-19.
In Track and Field, Pictou Academy finished first among Division 4 schools, Cape Breton Highlands Academy was third. Division 2, Dr. JH Gillis Regional High finished second behind Central Kings Rural High.