Six properties in School District 27 deemed surplus by the Board of Education are for sale.
Of the six properties listed on the BC Bid website, the former Kwaleen School on South Lakeside, is the only property within Williams Lake. It is listed for a minimum bid of $270,000.
Secretary treasurer Kevin Futcher said Kwaleen School was selected because it is one that the district doesn’t have any further use for and should be easy to sell.
Glendale, which closed as an elementary school two years ago, is not on the list because it is currently being used for maintenance storage.
Chimney Lake School wasn’t on the board’s list either because the district does not own the property.
“If we want to get rid of the property, it would revert to the Crown but we would have to put it back to its original condition and that would costs 100s of 1,000s of dollars to pull that building down,” Futcher said.
Minimum bids for the other five are $120,000 for Buffalo Creek School in 100 Mile House, $85,000 for the teacherage site at Deka Lake, $30,000 for the Glencoe lot on the Old Soda Creek Road, $30,000 for Poplar Grove at Redstone and $35,000 for Sharpe Lake at 70 Mile House.
The bid deadline is Jan. 18, 2016 at 12 p.m. Selling empty schools has been the topic of many conversations since the district has gone through a series of closures and cutbacks.