Town wants to discuss school closure with premier

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WESTVILLE – Westville town council is not ready to give up on its middle school just yet.

Councillors announced Monday that they have written Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil asking for a meeting over the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s decision to close Highland Consolidated Middle School and move the students to Dr. W.A. MacLeod.

Council has also asked that an inquiry take place into board’s decision.

The Town of Westville has strongly opposed the board’s decision to close HCMS, stating it would cost the school board less to reopen it than to remodel Dr. W.A. MacLeod to accommodate the extra students from HCMS.

Highland Consolidated was temporarily closed last year after students and staff complained of a foul odour coming from the building and students were transferred to MacLeod in Riverton. The school board announced last month at HCMS would remain closed.

Organizations: Highland Consolidated Middle School, Westville town council, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: WESTVILLE, Nova Scotia, Chignecto Riverton

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  • westville resident
    April 03, 2014 - 12:09

    I hope this has nothing to do with the Liberal - PC grindstone. Seriously though, Stellarton and Westville COMBINED should have a single K-8 school somewhere along Acadia Avenue. New Glasgow has the new K-8 on the east side. Make 1 of the 2 schools in Sutherlands River a K-8. Make A.G. Baillie a K-8. Have a K-8 in Pictou (make its name Pictou Academy) and a K-8 in Lyons Brook. That's all you need in this county. These all feed into 2 high schools (as I said, PA becomes K-8). And merge the 6 municipalities into 1 regional municipality.

  • Grandpapa
    April 01, 2014 - 19:32

    Why would the Premier want to come and discuss anything in a tory laden territory. Pictou County spoke it clearly in Oct that they wanted Jamie and his gang running NS. well guess what folks we deserve what we got. The board made their decision and I would be very surprised if the Premier was to go over their heads and reverse any decision.