Town, Lions Club agree on school property

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST – Amherst is entering into a memorandum of understanding with the Amherst Lions Club to supply land for the possible construction of a new West Highlands Elementary.

The club submitted a response to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s request for proposals to supply land for the school and the Lions Park was selected as one of the board’s preferred sites.

“Included in this response is town-owned land required to make the site viable for a new school,” Coun. Dave March said during Monday’s council meeting. “In order to formalize this arrangement, a memorandum of understanding is required between the town and the Lions Club.”

The province has yet to announce the site of the new school that was announced by Premier Darrell Dexter in December 2010. The project was delayed last year when Education Minister Ramona Jennex  rejected the school board’s preferred sites.

Other sites being considered by the province include the Harold Lusby property on West Victoria and the Victoria Crossing property at 100 Russell St.

Part of the arrangement includes the town conveying the site of the current West Highlands Elementary to the Lions Club for use as a park. The club will use the proceeds of the sale of their property at the Lions Park to construct a new park on the school site.

In addition, the town will convert one ball field at the Robb Complex for use as a bantam baseball field and rename it the Lion Cecil Small Field. The present bantam field on Cornwall Avenue is named in honour of the longtime Lion.



Organizations: Amherst Lions Club, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Lions Park, Chignecto, West Victoria Cornwall Avenue

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