The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) has turned down an offer by the province to appoint a facilitator in the ongoing debate with the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake over the sale of Parliament Oak School.

The school has been closed since June of 2015 and Niagara-on-the-Lake has been trying to negotiate a deal to purchase the property but its offer was rejected by the board and a decision was made to put the school up for sale on the open market.

The province had offered to provide a facilitator hoping to get a deal between the town and the DSBN board put in motion but it was not accepted. In a letter to the province and to the town’s Mayor, board chair Dale Robinson says school trustees voted to reject the offer because it may seem as predjudicing the open tender process.

The deal to sell the property to the town hit an impasse after Niagara-on-the-Lake council refused to promise the building would be maintained as a community hub, the property would not be flipped and it would not be used by a private education provider.

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