The land that previously held Eldorado Elementary School is slated to go to the Town of Drayton Valley for a cost of just over $900,000.

Wild Rose School Division superintendent Brad Volkman says that in these types of cases, the division is obligated to offer the Town the first right of refusal for any land. In this case, he says the Town expressed interest in purchasing the property.

At the May 21 WRSD school board meeting, the trustees approved the sale of the land to the Town of Drayton Valley.

“Now that goes to the Minister of Education for his final approval,” says Volkman.

He says there was already written approval in place to sell the land, but because the Town had the first option to purchase, they had not advertised the sale publicly.

“Council made a motion to direct administration to offer to purchase the property from WRSD,” says Mayor Nancy Dodds in an email statement.

She says the motion was carried and they are currently in the process and awaiting the final outcome. To help subsidize those costs, council directed administration to sell some of the surplus lands owned by the Town.

Dodds says they decided to make the purchase for future capital project considerations. At this point council doesn’t have any solid plans for the land, but it will be discussed during the 2024 budget deliberations.

Volkman says the land that the H.W. Pickup Junior High School is on municipally reserved land, so once the school is completely demolished, they will simply return the land to the Town.

By Amanda Jeffery, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jun 06, 2024 at 09:21

This item reprinted with permission from   Free Press   Drayton Valley, Alberta

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