Sale of Parliament Oak School moves forward

The District School Board of Niagara has turned down an offer by the province to appoint a facilitator in the ongoing dispute with the town of Niagara on the Lake over the sale of Parliament Oak School.

The province had offered to provide a facilitator to expedite the deal between the town and the board.

But in a letter to the province and to the town's Mayor, board chair Dale Robinson says school trustees voted to reject the offer because it may seem as predjudicing the open tender process.

The town's offer to buy Parliament Oak was rejected by the board and a decision was made to put the school up for sale on the open market.

The deal to sell the property to the town hit an impasse after Niagara on the Lake council refused to promise the building would be maintained as a community hub, the property would not be flipped and it would not be used by a private education provider.