Elementary could be handed over to Barrington Municipality this fall
By Greg Bennett
What now is a place of learning for very young people could someday be a home for Cape Sable Island seniors.
The Municipality of Barrington is investigating if the Cape Sable Island Elementary School, expected to close in September, could be repurposed for seniors’ housing.
It was noted during the a Wednesday, March 19 meeting that there is a need for more seniors housing in the area and council will be asking the director of the Western Regional Housing Authority to speak about the potential for using the CSI Elementary School as a seniors’ residence.
The municipality asked for ideas and proposals recently in an advertisement in the Coast Guard and received several replies.
None of the replies included details needed for a business plan
Council will be thanking those who responded to the ad and will be informing them that the property has not yet been returned to the Municipality, but will ask them to provide business plans.
The school will close once a $4.7-million retrofit of Clark’s Harbour Elementary School is complete.
With the renovations and upgrades, the school will be home to all Primary to Grade 6 students in the area. The Cape Sable Island Elementary School will be closed.
About 200 students will attend the renovated school. The project is expected to be complete in time for the 2014-15 school year.
The Tri County Regional School Board is expected to hand the building and property back to the Municipality of Barrington at that time.
“We don’t want to be caught flat-footed,” said councillor Shaun Hatfield.