BIBLE HILL – A new elementary school in Bible Hill may be used for more than teaching.
New Bible Hill school may be used as a ‘community facility’
Village of Bible Hill officials are considering using a new Primary to Grade 4 school, which will be located where the current Bible Hill Central Elementary School is, as a community facility.
The purpose of a community facility is to provide additional recreation and learning opportunities for community residents. Examples of projects include enlarging the school’s gym for community use, opening up the parking lot for residents’ use and developing a walking trail.
If the village agrees to the concept, it would probably partner with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board as well as the Town of Truro and Colchester County.
Most of the village’s commissioners were excited with the proposal.
“We should jump on board with this,” said deputy chairwoman Donna Van Kroonenburg. “It could be (used as) another beautiful playground. It’s a win-win for everybody … the community’s been waiting for this.”
Commissioner Lois MacCormick added, “it’s an opportunity we shouldn’t miss.”
Village chairman Tom Burke suggested the idea should go to the community’s recreation department “to look at what’s to gain” by it.
The commission decided to obtain a list of possible school standards first and report their findings at an upcoming village meeting.
The new school will replace Bible Hill central and Bible Hill East Court Road elementary schools. When asked what the village’s goal for the to-be vacant East Court Road school is, commissioners didn’t share any specific ideas.
“We don’t need any money pits,” said Burke, confirming the building could first go to the school board for future use.
An opening date for the new school hasn’t been confirmed. It could take up to eight months to design the facility and enter the tender stage before construction begins. It’s expected it will take an additional year to year-and-a-half to build.