School District 8 has reached a settlement with a man who said he paid for land before the district sought approval for the sale from the education ministry.
Michael Sawyer filed a civil claim through the Supreme Court of B.C. after he purchased a two-acre property east of New Denver in October 2020 for $40,000.
Sawyer alleged he wasn’t allowed to take possession of the property even after paying for it because the district had not already sought approval for the sale from the Ministry of Education. The district, in turn, disputed the allegation.
Sawyer and district secretary-treasurer Michael McLellan each confirmed the parties had reached a settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed.
The property Sawyer purchased was set aside for a school in the early 1900s when it was thought a mining community might be built at the location between New Denver and Kaslo. That never happened, and the property has sat empty ever since.