Holy Angels High School received a strong show of support from the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board and the public at a board meeting Monday evening.

Lorne Green, who was re-elected chair of the board at the meeting, said there was unanimous support to maintain Holy Angels — which is the only public all-girls school east of Montreal — in its existing building.

“The consensus around the board table is we want to continue the operation as it exists now, in that school, in that building,” said Green.


The school board’s official motion was that it and senior managers bring forth recommendations and strategies to sustain Holy Angels High School.

The fate of Holy Angels, which currently has a student body of about 300, has been a question mark since the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame announced their intention to depart from their downtown Sydney convent in 2011, as well as sell the building.

Holy Angels High School is in a building which is attached to the convent and which is also owned by the sisters, who rent it out to be used as a school. The rent is paid by the Nova Scotia government.