School district building exceeds estimate

The new School District #83 education support centre cost taxpayers a total of $9.3 million.

The new School District #83 education support centre cost taxpayers a total of $9.3 million.

A final total was produced by secretary-treasurer Nicole Bittante, who noted the final bill was higher than original estimates due to increases in professional fees, changes and unexpected site-related issues. It is located on Shuswap Street adjacent to the Downtown Activity centre

The building, which combines four different school district work sites into one, is handicapped-accessible, unlike the old downtown location.

That site has been put up for sale with an asking price of $800,000 as has the former South Canoe Elementary, which is listed at $500,000. The school district is also preparing to list the former District Education Centre on Okanagan Avenue near Shuswap Middle School.

Construction costs for the new building were $7,865,961, professional fees were $801,807 and equipment costs were $368,081. The remainder includes costs for other related projects including the geothermal field, which was not included in the original estimates.

All costs for the building came from the school district’s capital budget and do not impact the operational budget.

 

Salmon Arm Observer

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