Board members vote to keep grades Primary to 12 students in the Town of Pictou

Media Release: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This evening the members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board voted in favour of making Pictou Elementary School a Primary to Grade 8 facility and to moving grades 9-12 students to Dr. Thomas McCulloch. These changes will take place for the start of the 2017-2018 school year, in September. 

In deciding to retain Pictou Elementary and Dr. Thomas McCulloch schools, the governing board also voted to close the building currently housing Pictou Academy. 

“As is always the case with school review, the governing board was faced with a very difficult decision regarding the three schools involved in the process in Northwestern Pictou County,” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Board Chair. “The governing board considered all information including that provided by the School Options Committee, and through the Staff Technical Report. This decision was made with the best interests of students at its heart.”

By a motion of the governing board, the Dr. Thomas McCulloch site will be re-named Pictou Academy in accordance with the existing legislation. 

The building currently housing Pictou Academy will be deemed surplus to the school board on July 31, 2017. 

A transition process to support the school communities will begin in the coming weeks.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and 2,700 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves close to 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou, as well as the Municipality of East Hants.


For more information, please contact:

Debbie Buott-Matheson, Senior Communications Manager
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Office: 902-897-8911 
Cell: 902-956-8079