Stan­dard, Hus­sar, Gle­ichen schools to be de­mol­ished

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Photo cour­tesy Kelly Reeves

The fi­nal chap­ter in the cre­ation of the New Wheat­land Cross­ing School is the dis­posal of the former schools it re­placed.

Last week de­mo­li­tion be­gan at Stan­dard school. Su­per­in­ten­dent of Golden Hills School Di­vi­sion Bevan Dav­erne ex­plains this was the plan from the be­gin­ning.

“That land is in the process of be­ing handed back over to the Vil­lage of Stan­dard,” he said. “Our agree­ment with them is we would re­move the build­ing. That sort of saves them from the li­a­bil­ity of that prop­erty and the ac­tual land goes back to their own­er­ship.

He ex­plains as part of Wheat­land Cross­ing School fund­ing, the di­vi­sion had fund­ing to deal with the build­ings. That way there would not be va­cant build­ings left in the com­mu­ni­ties that were un­us­able. They will be de­mol­ish­ing the former schools in Stan­dard, Hus­sar, and Gle­ichen.

“Th­ese are large build­ings and very ex­pen­sive to main­tain, and there is a lot of li­a­bil­ity as­so­ci­ated with them if you do have to take them down,” said Dav­erne. He said they worked with com­mu­ni­ties to see what would work best.

“In the case of Rock­y­ford, they elected to keep the build­ing, so we trans­ferred own­er­ship of that build­ing to them, in the case of the other three schools we worked with Wheat­land County and the Vil­lage of Stan­dard and the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion in Hus­sar. We worked with them to es­tab­lish what they wanted to see hap­pen, what would be best for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Dav­erne said af­ter they are com­plete at Stan­dard School they will be mov­ing on to do work at the Hus­sar school site and the former Cen­tral Bow Val­ley School in Gle­ichen.

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