School board putting old Oxford Elementary up for sale

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OXFORD - The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is looking for a new owner for the former Oxford Elementary School.

Tenders for the school, built in 1952, close Feb. 18 while a pre-proposal meeting and tour will go Thursday at the Jackson Street building, vacated when the new Primary to Grade 12 school opened in early January.
"When the new school was opened, the old high school and the elementary were first offered back to the municipality, in this case the Town of Oxford," board spokesperson Carolyn Pierce said.
"The town took possession of the high school, and I believe they're going to have it demolished, while it passed on the elementary school."
Pierce believes there is interest in the elementary school. If there isn't, the board will decide what to do after the tender process passes.
Oxford chief administrative officer Darrell White said the town took possession of the high school as part of an arrangement with the province. The province is going to pay to have the school demolished.
In return, the town is turning the track property over to the school board.
"When it's all said and done, we'll have a nice property that could be developed as a green space or for some other form of development," said White.
The town's concern, he added, was someone purchasing the building and then leaving it vacant or replacing it with another development that would not match the new school behind it.
White expects the province will call for demolition tenders next month.
dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Oxford Elementary School, Central Regional School Board, Grade 12 school

Geographic location: OXFORD, Chignecto, Jackson Street

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