P.E.I. Tory questions continuing costs incurred for eight closed schools

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CHARLOTTETOWN - An Opposition member in Prince Edward Island wants to know what the province plans to do with eight schools closed earlier this year.
The schools were closed following a controversial recommendation from the Eastern School District's board of trustees to move their students to alternate locations.
The Liberal government has said it plans to offer the now-vacant schools to communities should they wish to utilize the facilities.
But the province has yet to declare the properties surplus and as a result, any expenses incurred in the interim are being shouldered by the district.
Conservative member Mike Currie wants to know why the province hasn't tried to find alternate uses, considering the district cited overall cost as part of the reasoning for closures.
Education Minister Gerard Greenan says the district will continue to pay any heat or lighting expenses until the province officially declares the properties surplus.
At that point they will be transferred to the Transportation and Public Works Department, which oversees government properties.

Organizations: Public Works Department

Geographic location: CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island

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