School District 8 plans to move from its current office building on Johnston Road to Central School by the end of the year. Photo: Tyler Harper

School District 8 hopes to sell off properties

Ten properties, which include the sites of former schools, are on the cutting block

Former schools, empty land and park space are among the properties School District 8 intends to sell off as it looks to cut costs.

SD8 announced earlier this month it would part ways with 10 properties, provided the district is given approval by the Ministry of Education.

District chair Lenora Trenaman said SD8 currently has $83 million in deferred maintenance costs. Deferred maintenance refers to a value set by ministry auditors on the cost of future infrastructure needs such as window and roofs that will eventually need to be replaced.

Deferred maintenance shouldn’t be confused with operating cost, which for example is money spent to keep the lights on.

“We have a lot of empty space. It costs us to keep and maintain all of these buildings,” said Trenaman. “We don’t get enough capitol dollars annually to ever be able to meet the full needs of that deferred maintenance. The impact of that is we have to then utilize more of our operations dollars to provide for those needs, which basically if we can reduce our costs we’ll have more operating dollars to provide services for our students.”

The properties include:

• The district office on Johnstone Road, which is the site of a former school. SD8 staff intend to temporarily relocate to Central School by the end of the year, although a permanent home for the district office hasn’t yet been decided on.

Secretary-treasurer Kim Morris referred to the 2016-2024 Facilities Plan, which cited a decline of 2,000 students between 1996-97 and 2016 as well as over 1,700 empty classroom seats. With that in mind, Morris said, it doesn’t make sense for the district office to remain where it is.

“We try to divest ourselves of any buildings that don’t have school district programs or students and try to fill up the buildings that do have those programs and students so that we’re making the most efficient use of our space as we can,” said Morris.

• The former AI Collinson Elementary School on Highway 3A north of Nelson, which closed in 2008. The school is the current home of Ecole des Sentiers-Alpine, which is not part of SD8.

• The former Gordon Sargent Elementary School, which is adjacent to Nelson’s Lions Park and also closed in 2008. It currently houses The School House Early Care and Learning Centre.

• Kin Park in Creston.

• The land on which tennis courts and the swimming pool reside in Salmo.

• A former maintenance yard in Crawford Bay.

• The former Yahk Elementary School, which closed down in 2016 because of falling enrolment.

• Parcels of land in Yahk, Ymir and Retallack. That land however may be required to revert to the Crown.



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nelson Leafs, regional district plan full-time hazardous waste recycling depot

City requires flood-mitigation plan before one-year trial can begin

Nelson Leafs humble Rockies 9-2

Leafs score 7 unanswered goals en route to win

Nelson Leafs fall in Kimberley 4-1

The Dynamiters took a 2-0 lead en route to the win

Nelson Legion to sell its building to tech company

Traction on Demand will purchase the building while the Legion will lease space

Climbing group launches fundraiser for Castlegar cliffs

TAWKROC wants to raise $60,000 to purchase the property from the owners

VIDEO: Monday Roundup

#hotscoops #hotscoops #hotscoops

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

Most Read