March 28, 2017; Liverpool, NS: The former Mill Village school will soon be filled with the sounds of youth eager to learn. The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality have agreed to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with the DEVI International Boarding School Society, in a move that will see the property transferred for a price of $1.00.
“Council is open to innovative ideas that will move our community forward, and the DEVI International Boarding School is a unique school for this part of the province,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Among the members of the board of the Society are Marcel and Mary Kuhn, community members who have operated a business in Liverpool, and helped to make a difference in the community through their offerings of free meditation for over a decade. We look forward to their success in this new venture.”
The DEVI International Boarding School Society is a non-profit society formed for the purpose of opening an international boarding school. The former Mill Village School will be renovated to house approximately 40 students in grades 6 to 10. The school will follow the Nova Scotia curriculum, with a special focus on the development of empathy, compassion and spiritual values, as developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. The school is unique, and has already gained interest as expressed by families from around the world. It is expected that the project will require an investment of approximately $200,000 by the Society to upgrade the property, and will provide an annual operating budget of $350,000 to $400,000 benefitting the local economy. The school is expected to initially support 7 or 8 full time jobs, along with volunteer support from Canada and overseas.
Next steps for progressing the project are to have the purchase and sale agreement signed; the property migrated; and preparation, execution and recording of the deed. The transaction is expected to close on or before May 31, 2017, with the DEVI International Boarding School Society projecting operations starting by December 21, 2018.