KEMPTVILLE The wait goes on for a verdict on the future of agriculture at Kemptville College but it may soon be under new management.
One year ago, the University of Guelph announced it would close the 98-year-old agricultural college this spring, later committing to continuing skills training through 2016 with one-time funding from the province.
On Jan. 30, the province laid out its plan: negotiate a transfer of the college property to the Municipality of North Grenville and establish a working group to explore new models for agricultural education.
Talks are expected to begin this month to set up the municipality as the long-term owner of the colleges land the buildings, but management would be turned over to a not-for-profit corporation. Finding a tenant to provide agricultural education and training is its priority.
But Kemptville College Alumni Association president Ron Burgess says the group has its own proposal to pitch to the province. Its waiting on a meeting and wont let details slip until then, he said. “Its been a hard struggle to get this together. I just cant see the college closed.”