SD67 considering selling former school

McNicoll Park Middle School is one of the schools the Okanagan Skaha School Board voted to close last year, and now they are entertaining a purchase offer for the facility. -Western News file photo

The Okanagan Skaha School District said they are interested in an offer to purchase McNicoll Park School, which they closed last year.

When the board of school trustees was going through the process of selecting schools for closure last year, the province’s french language school board expressed interest in leasing McNicoll, should it be selected for closure.

The Conseil Scolaire Francophone already leases École Entre-lacs (formerly Nkwala Elementary) from the school district, but was finding that too small for their desired growth.

“In addition to being much bigger than the Nkwala school facility, McNicoll Park Middle is also in better condition and more attractive,” wrote Sylvain Allison, secretary-treasurer for the CSF. “It would allow the Conseil to offer middle school levels.”

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McNicoll was the only school of the three selected for closure not to receive funding when the province stepped in at the last minute with their rural school enhancement fund.

Now, the Ministry of Education and the CSF have made an offer to purchase the former McNicoll Park Middle School facility and surrounding site in order to meet the CSF’s growing enrolment needs.

The school board has consented to a short-term lease arrangement for the 2017-18 school year as an interim measure while discussions are underway.

 

McNicoll Park Middle School is one of the schools the Penticton School Board voted to close as July 1. The decision to close a total of three schools in Penticton and Summerland was made Wednesday night. Western News file photo