Eldorado school trees to remain after homeless reports unfounded

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
November 30, 2017 - 8:18am

After an ongoing investigation in partnership with the Town of Drayton Valley, Wild Rose School Division says the wooded area behind Eldorado Elementary School shows no evidence of homeless people residing on the land, and the trees will remain standing. 

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, WRSD Board of Trustees were updated on the concerns regarding reports of people living in the wooded area behind the school. WRSD Secretary Treasurer Mohammed Azim says those allegations are unfounded.

“There was rumbling throughout the community after tent city was torn down that the homeless went there. Right now that is just a rumour and a myth,” said Azim. 

The concerns first came to the school division’s attention during the summer. This school year it was decided to go to the town for help to look into the issue further, and town bylaw officers as well as homeless coordinators went out multiple times to see if there was any fact to the claims.

“We thoroughly looked into it and worked with the town and there is no evidence of that going on there. No footprints, no litter, no evidence of the ground being disturbed,” said Azim. 

After going over the analytics of the report the board voted to maintain status quo and let the trees remain standing. 

He added that if anyone has any concerns still about any individuals camped out behind the school to contact the division, and WRSD will continue to monitor the situation along with the town.

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