School board buys former pool site

The Clearview School Division has bought a former swimming pool site in Stettler for a loonie.

  • Mar. 6, 2013 2:00 p.m.

By Laura Tester, Black Press

The Clearview School Division has bought a former swimming pool site in Stettler for a loonie.

But there weren’t any immediate plans on what the school district might do with the land.

Chairman Ken Checkel said the site is being used as a parking lot.

The Town of Stettler and the school district had constructed that pool as part of the Canadian 1967 centennial.

It was jointly owned by the two parties until about 1994. In 1994, the land was transferred to the town for the sum of $1.

Since then, the town ran the pool until 2006, when it was closed.

The town later opened the modern Stettler Recreation Centre at a new site that included a pool.

Checkel said the town asked the school board to share in the cost of demolishing the pool and fixing up the site, and then those lands would become owned by the school district.

The pool was demolished more than a year ago.

“We agreed to pay half the cost,” Checkel said.

The cost was about $213,000 so the school board agreed to pay $106,500 over a period of eight years. The town agreed.

The site was transferred over to the school district for $1.

The board finalized this purchase agreement during its board meeting held in mid-February.

The land is right next to William E. Hay Composite High School and the Christ-King Catholic Church.

“There was a lot of discussion around the board table on whether we should spend the money on this, but the board in the end felt it was a good deal to pay half the cost of the demolitionand getting the site fixed up,” Checkel said.