Prairie Land trustees passed a motion at their latest board meeting on Tues. Feb. 15 to assume the mortgage from the Altario Parent Project Society for the purchase of the Kirriemuir teacherage house for outstanding loan amount of $33,075.36.
As a way to incentivize teachers to move to the KAC (Kirriemuir, Altario, Consort) area, it was deemed by the society approximately eight years ago that purchasing a home in Kirriemuir was a good investment to do so as its location proved to be close enough to Altario for teaching and close enough to Consort for amenities.
The group has looked after upkeep and maintenance since they gained ownership but have now turned to the division to take this home to relieve themselves of this duty.
The individual currently present pays $1,000 per month but is not a teacher.
Within the contract with this individual, it is stated that if a teacher were to come to the area, they would be asked to vacate.
Out of the many units looked after by the division, approximately 60 per cent are occupied by teaching staff with the remaining 40 as other.
Trustees asked if there were any major upgrades needed to the home but all is well with the structure inside and out.
The funding to assume the mortgage for this property will come from Prairie Land’s capital reserve which sits at just over $200,000. This fund is often used for major infrastructure upgrades to housing units.
Superintendent Cam McKeage said, “We want to recognize their (Altario Parent Project Society) generosity. It’s a wonderful house, good to have as part of our facilities. They did a lot of work to bring this into their community. They are looking out for their school community.”