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Surplus school buildings often hold a special place in their community.

They may have historic presence, or may serve as a hub for community activities other than education. They may be closed, but provide a small area of green space that is the community’s only place to play.

Once a school board declares them surplus, they are first offered to the City, which must consider the cost of purchase, renovation or demolition, as well as roles the facility might play as a community asset. Generally, the process is this:

  1. A school board declares the building and/or adjacent green space surplus.
  2. The City informs the local community league and begins an internal process of determining value and possible uses for the building. Community desires are also taken into account in this process, which may take 180 days.
  3. The City informs the school board and community leaders of its decision.

The following school buildings have recently been declared surplus:

Wellington Junior High School, 13160-127 Street
The City is in the process of acquiring the school field and building. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2014.

Prince Rupert Elementary School, 11515-113 Avenue
The school field and building were acquired by the City in 2014 for park, dry pond and African Cultural Centre.

St Gregory Elementary School (building only),
10735 McQueen Road

Declared surplus in December 2013. The City of Edmonton will not be acquiring the building for civic use.

St John Elementary School (building only), 10231-120 Street
Declared surplus in December 2013. The City of Edmonton will not be acquiring the building for civic use.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca

Building Housing Choices

Email buildinghousingchoices@edmonton.ca

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