District buys former pool site

Clearview Public Schools has bought a former swimming pool site in Stettler for a loonie.

Clearview Public Schools has bought a former swimming pool site in Stettler for a loonie.

But so far there are no immediate plans on what the school district may do with the land.

Chairman Ken Checkel said the site is being used as a parking lot.

The Town of Stettler and the school district had constructed that pool as part of the Canadian 1967 centennial.

It was jointly owned by the two parties until about 1994. In 1994, the land was transferred to the town for the sum of $1.

Since then the town ran the pool until 2006 when it was closed.

The town later opened a recreation centre at a new site that included a pool.

Checkel said the town asked the school board to share in the cost of demolishing the pool and fixing up the site and then those lands would become owned by the school district.

The pool was demolished more than a year ago.

“We agreed to pay half the cost,” said Checkel.

The cost was about $213,000 so the school board agreed to pay $106,500 over a period of eight years. The town agreed.

The site was tranferred over to the school district for $1.

The board finalized this purchase agreement during its last board meeting held on Feb. 14.

The land is right next to Wm. E. Hay Composite High School and the Catholic church.

“There was a lot of discussion around the board table on whether we should spend the money on this but the board in the end felt it was a good deal to pay half the cost of the demolition and getting the site fixed up,” said Checkel.

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