May 06, 2013 - 3:38 PM
In three years time the grounds of the Aspen Grove Golf Course could be sporting fields for students of the future Lake Country Middle School. The golf course has agreed to turn over 18 acres of land adjacent to George Elliott Secondary School in a purchase that would give Lake Country its first school for students grade seven through nine.
Board of Education Chairperson Moyra Baxter says there's enough space on the George Elliott site to accomodate another school.
"We've come to the conclusion that having middle schools is a good idea, it creates a space for students of like age," says Baxter. Lake Country's existing school group students from Kindergarden to grade 7, and then grades 8-12.
Baxter says the golf course would be converted into recreational space for students, and not just for sports. She says the land could also get students cultivating their green thumbs, hinting at the possibility of an agricultural academy.
"Students could spend time learning about agriculture," she says, which would conform to the land's designation in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
For the time being residential families will have to be patient with the process.
"It's a very long process, it could be years before we get approval," Baxter says.
The purchase of the golf course cannot be made until the school board gets zoning approval from the Agriculture Land Reserve. Baxter says the plans are taking shape but still a long way from being realized.
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