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Nova Scotia government to buy 12 P3 schools for nearly $86M

Eastern Passage Education Centre is one of the 39 P3 schools in the province. .
Eastern Passage Education Centre is one of the 39 P3 schools in the province. . Cory McGraw/Global News

The Nova Scotia government will purchase 12 of 13 public-private partnership — or P3 — schools which have leases that expire in 2020, the education department confirmed Wendesday.

The government had been working with the owner of the schools, Scotia Learning Centres, to come to a new leasing arrangement, however they could not reach a better deal.

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Purchasing the 12 schools will cost the government $85.9 million.

The schools include:

  • Lockview High School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • St. Margarets Bay Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Madeline Symonds Middle School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Park West School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Portland Estates Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Ridgecliff Middle School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Sackville Heights Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Bedford South School, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Eastern Passage Education Centre, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Ecole Beaubassin, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
  • Ecole Bois Joli, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
  • Enfield District School, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
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The government is still negotiating what to do about a 13th school, Pictou Elementary, and says the deadline for a decision has been extended to June 2017.

“The Halifax, Chignecto-Central and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial school boards identified these schools as ones that need to stay open to meet the educational needs of students living in the surrounding communities,” Education Minister Karen Casey said in a release.

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The government announced in July it would be purchasing two P3 schools which have leases that expire in 2018.

There are 39 P3 schools in the province — the government says they continue to work with other developers on the best course of action for dealing with other schools.