MacFarlane presses Minister Casey on fate of Pictou Academy

November 04, 2016 at 12:38 pm

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane, is asking the Minister of Education if she will do everything in her power to ensure Pictou Academy remains open. The school is once again in danger of closing as a review of the four schools in Pictou West is underway.

In 1969, Harvey A. Veniot brought forward legislation that ensured there will always be an institution in the town of Pictou called Pictou Academy for grades 9-12. MacFarlane pressed Minister Casey on the fate of the school during Question Period in the Legislature.

MacFarlane asked, “Does the minister intend to make amendments to the Pictou Academy Act of 1969?”

MacFarlane also sought clarification on whether the Minister of Education could exercise her ministerial powers in this situation.

“Under the Education Act does the Minister have the authority to overturn a decision by the school board?” MacFarlane asked.

The Minister said that the school board had the final decision.

MacFarlane says that the School Options Committee is working extremely hard and wants the Minister to acknowledge, recognize and respect their work. MacFarlane is concerned that the closure of Pictou Academy would spell the beginning of the end for the town of Pictou.

“School closures are one of the first signs of the demise of a community and we’ve seen the heartbreak that occurred with the closure of the River John school,” MacFarlane says. “I will do everything in my power to ensure Pictou Academy remains open, that there is a P-12 school in the town of Pictou. I am committed to holding the Minster to that as well.”