NOTL and DSBN square off over sale of school property

The Niagara District School Board is upset with the town of Niagara on the Lake over comments made regarding the sale of the old Parliament Oak school.

In a release, the town takes the board to task for turning down its offer to buy the property.

Lord Mayor Patrick Darte says council went above and beyond to buy the land and maintain it as a Community Hub for residents.

The DSBN countering with its own release, saying the board has always been open to working with the town and delayed the sale of the building for 30 days inorder to give the town time to buy it.

The board says the town's offer did not meet the three criteria set out by the Ontario government inorder for it to qualify for provincial funding.

The criteria included it be maintained as a community hub, it not be flipped and would not be used by a private education provider.

DSBN board chair Dale Robinson says the offer did not address even one of these provisions.

The property is now for sale on the open market.