River John school to be de­mol­ished


River John School will be de­mol­ished.

The for­mer ele­men­tary school that closed in 2015 has been va­cant since June af­ter the lease with the River John Ac­tion So­ci­ety ex­pired and the county opted to see if the build­ing would sell.

County staff an­nounced Mon­day dur­ing its prop­erty ser­vices meet­ing that it only re­ceived in­ter­est from one per­son in the build­ing and once all of the in­spec­tion in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided there hasn’t been any other re­sponse.

“I guess I can un­der­stand that this re­ally has to hap­pen but it is a sad day when we have to take a school down,” said Coun. Ron Bail­lie who rep­re­sents the area.

The county spent $50,000 in 2014-15 to cover the cost of heat, lights and snow clear­ing and an ad­di­tional $35,000 as of April.

The land the build­ing sits on was do­nated to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity two decades ago by the MacGre­gor fam­ily and will con­tinue to be the prop­erty of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The River Ac­tion So­ci­ety has been given per­mis­sion to have the con­tents of the build­ing and Pic­tou County 4-H re­cently made use of cup­boards, fridges, stoves, deep freez­ers and sinks for its new build­ing at the ex­hi­bi­tion grounds.

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