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School Board Offers More Information On Forster Property Sale

Thursday January 14th, 2016, 2:16pm


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The Greater Essex County District School Board has provided addition information regarding its sale of the former J.L. Forster High School property to Progressive Waste Solutions Canada Inc, who then sold it to the Ambassador Bridge.

The board says that after Forster was closed the property was declared surplus to the Board’s needs. School Boards in Ontario have an obligation to dispose of surplus property and do so in accordance with regulatory requirements, principally Ontario Regulation 444/98, which provides, in part, that before disposing of surplus property, school boards solicit proposals from designated government and quasi-government agencies, including local municipalities. If none of these “preferred entities” have an interest in a property, a school board may dispose of the property, at fair market value, to any other body or to any person.

They say that they did solicit proposals for the Forster property from “preferred entities” but did not receive any expressions of interest.

That also that although it is the current practice of the board to “list” its surplus properties, should no “preferred entity” be interested, before the Board was able to consider listing the Forster property, a matter of dispute with the owner of an adjoining property was identified.

The sale of the Forster property to Progressive represented the culmination of negotiations between the board and Progressive regarding the dispute and was considered by the Board to be the only reasonable alternative available to it.

An independent, third-party, appraisal for the Forster property was used to determine the fair market value of the property for purposes of the sale to Progressive Waste Management.

They say that the sale of the Forster property to Progressive Waste Solutions Canada Inc. was the best possible solution available and demonstrates the GECDSB’s commitment to prudently manage its assets.

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