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Colch­ester Chris­tian Acad­emy wait­ing for word on East Court Road School

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Colch­ester Chris­tian Acad­emy has its sights set on ac­quir­ing the for­mer East Court Road Ele­men­tary school.

BI­BLE HILL

For the first time in many years, there were no ex­cited chil­dren flow­ing through the doors of East Court Road Ele­men­tary at the be­gin­ning of the school year. but if things go ac­cord­ing to plan stu­dents may soon be fill­ing the rooms again.

Colch­ester Chris­tian Acad­emy (CCA) made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Colch­ester county coun­cil, out­lin­ing why it would be an ideal site for the in­de­pen­dent school.

“We’re def­i­nitely very ex­cited about how things are pro­gress­ing,” said Jo­hanna Matthews, a CCA board mem­ber who has chil­dren at­tend­ing the school. “The coun­cil­lors and mayor were very pos­i­tive. We had our background work done so we know what’s in­volved.”

With the open­ing of the new Bi­ble Hill Con­sol­i­dated School, the fa­cil­ity on East Court Road is no longer needed by the Chignecto Cen­tral Re­gional School Board (CCRSB).

When the board deems it sur­plus it will be of­fered to the county, which can then al­low CCA to take it over.

CCA cur­rently has about 85 stu­dents, from pre-kin­der­garten to Grade 12, and needs more space.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion to the county they men­tioned ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity would in­clude the preser­va­tion of a land­mark

and the neigh­bour­hood en­vi­ron­ment, and en­sur­ing the build­ing doesn’t de­te­ri­o­rate and be­come a tar­get for van­dal­ism. It would

also pro­vide an eco­nomic ben­e­fit, with more than 50 fam­i­lies com­ing to the area.

CCA has no debt, and board

mem­bers have re­searched the op­er­at­ing costs of the build­ing and are con­fi­dent they can af­ford the ex­penses in­volved.

If they are of­fered the prop­erty they would only need to have a phys­i­cal in­spec­tion done and have in­sur­a­bil­ity con­firmed.

“We can’t help but be ex­cited,” said Matthews.

“I keep driv­ing by and look­ing at it. We would love to be able to move in be­fore Christ­mas.”

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO DAILY NEWS

Colch­ester Chris­tian Acad­emy stu­dents, from left, Zoey Syl­li­boy, Lily Syl­li­boy, Ben Ste­wart and Eva Ste­wart, are hop­ing their school can soon move into East Court Road Ele­men­tary. The ele­men­tary school is ex­pected to soon be de­clared sur­plus by the...

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