REPORTING · 20th November 2014
The Board of Education started the process for disposing of the Former Alexander School Property, currently Kitimat Valley Institute, at their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 19th. The School closed on June 30th, 2002 and was leased by KVI from July 1st, 2003 to the present.
“An expression of interest was received from the Haisla Nation Council on April 15th, 2014 to acquire the alexander Elementary School property for continued educational purposes. The Kitimat Valley Institute (KVI) is presently in partnership with the Haisla Nation Council and Rio Tinto Alcan (Kitimat Operations),” read Trustee Raymond Raj during the meeting from a report.
The report advised the board is requesting the approval of the Minister of Education to dispose of this property in order to move forward the transfer of title. The motion was made, called and carried unanimously with no discussion.
They were pressed by the public as to how it was discussed and passed with no discussion. Alanna Cameron, secretary treasurer explained it is simply a preliminary request to the minister of education. There are a number of steps remaining.
School Board Chair Art Erasmus also pointed out these discussions have been going on for some time.
It was also pointed out to the Board that Kitimat was one of the highest communities for property assessments this year. They hoped that current market value was being taken into account when the Board closes or sells a school. Erasmus answered yes.
The public was concerned there might be deals being made because the building has been leased out for a while. Erasmus expressed he did not understand the question. However, the public was told it will be sold at market value.
Due diligence please -- let's get market value for taxpayers
Comment by Allan Hewitson on 20th November 2014
No transfer of title without market value changing hands in cash - please. It's time to play some hardball with Kitimat property.
Sell the school??
Comment by Larry Walker on 20th November 2014
It is very interesting that this conversation just took place "after" the municipal and school board election. Why?