Soon-to-be closed schools in Bible Hill have commissioners considering future of land, buildings

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BIBLE HILL – Village of Bible Hill officials are considering the future of two elementary schools destined to be replaced in the near future.

Bible Hill Central Elementary School in Bible Hill is one of two sites to be closed down the road to make way for a new elementary school in the village. Bible Hill officials are wondering what will happen to the land and building once it becomes vacant, along with East Court elementary. File photo

The provincial government has already indicated a new Grade Primary to 4 school will replace Bible Hill Central and East Court Road elementary schools in the village. Although not verified when that will happen, previous reports indicated it would occur in 2014 or 2015 and the two schools to be replaced would become surplus.

Village of Bible Hill commissioners discussed the situation during a committee meeting on Tuesday night, including whether the village would be interested in purchasing the land or buildings if given the option. Once the schools are surplus, it’s up to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board to decide if it wants to retain the buildings or land or sell them. If the school board isn’t interested in keeping them, Colchester County has the next option, followed by the village.

“I wouldn’t touch either building ... both should be torn down,” suggested commission chairman Tom Burke.

“Bible Hill Central has a large green space and sports field that’s well used by the community,” added village clerk Bob Christianson.

Christianson said the buildings aren’t as vital as the land.

“The village has enough buildings … and (these) are in bad shape.”

Colchester County councillors Christine Blair and Wade Parker said it’s too early to say whether or not the municipality would pick up the buildings, given the chance.

“We have accepted three former schools already,” said Blair, referring to the former Salmon River elementary, which is now rented to the RCMP; the former Maple Leaf school in Harmony, which remains vacant; and the former Upper Stewiacke elementary, which is used as a community hall.

The former Bass River Elementary School, which closed last June, “is in too bad of shape (and) the county did not take it,” added Parker.

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Organizations: Central Regional School Board, RCMP, Maple Leaf school Bass River Elementary School

Geographic location: Bible Hill, Colchester County, East Court Road Chignecto Salmon River Upper Stewiacke

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