SD20 sells Blueberry Creek School for $1

School board releases purchase details for the sale of the Blueberry Creek School.

After what has been a long and developing relationship between School District 20 and the Blueberry Creek Community Society (BCCS) the school board finally released to the public Monday night that they have sold the Blueberry Creek Community School to the society.

The board released an in camera motion dated October 27, 2014 stating: “That the Board sell the building and land to Blueberry Creek Community Society for $1 with caveats regarding first right of refusal for the repurchase of the land and/or building for $1 and a non-competitive clause if and only if the Minister of Education approves.”

They also released a motion dated April 13, 2015 stating: “That any legal or other costs related to the disposal of Blueberry Creek site be the responsibility of the Blueberry Creek Society.”

The release included a statement from the board reporting that negotiations were completed successfully, the documents have been signed and that the new owner has officially registered all titles. Although the vote was not unanimous, the statement concluded with: “We wish Blueberry Creek Community Society all the best with their new asset.”

The BCCS has had a presence in the school since 1997 when they became the first community school in Castlegar and began renting a portion of the building. In 2002 the school district ceased to use the property as a school, instead using it as a place for support staff and district resources.

When the district removed these last assets from the building in 2012, BCCS then began to lease the entire building and site. At that time they took on the responsibility for the building, maintenance, operations and utilities and began negotiating with the goal of a future sale.

Ongoing negotiations, public input and persistence by BCCS led to the sale of the school becoming an issue in the last school board elections, with the majority of candidates for the Castlegar area going on record in favour of a future purchase.

Rebecca Mc Donnell, Environmental Director, and Community Liaison for BCCS was at the school board meeting for the official public release of the sale information. “We are thrilled,” said Mc Donnell. “We’re delighted now that the public can be informed about the decision the board made. We couldn’t be happier that our society is going to be able to do what we do for our community.”

Mc Donnell acknowledges that there is hard work ahead to care for and update the aging building. “It is exciting and a bit nerve wracking. There is a huge responsibility on our society,” she said. “There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but we are excited to step up and do it.”

The BCCS will continue to offer the same programs it has in the past including day care, preschool, Strong Start, after school care, summer camps, environmental programs, seniors programs and exercise programs.

Just Posted

Pedestrian killed on Highway 22 Saturday evening

Police say 51-year-old man died after being hit by car

UPDATE: DriveBC says highway re-opened after accident

Highway 22 closed for seven hours on Saturday

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Métis Flag flies in Trail on Louis Riel Day

Area students, officials and public attend flag raising at Trail City Hall

Early Trail borrowed a couple of names from the U.S.

Place Names: Connection between Trail and Butte, Montana

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

Most Read