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Displaced students from Lake St. Martin First Nation were shut out of their temporary school at 1970 Ness Ave.

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Almost exactly a year after Lake St. Martin was booted out of it’s temporary school at 1970 Ness Ave., teachers were ordered today to leave the building for good with their students.

The reason for the order, which was overturned in a matter of hours, is still a mystery to band leaders.

A spokesman for Lake St. Martin confirmed chief and council for the beleaguered band, said its third party manager, which handles administration, intervened and saved the day.

"They haven’t been evicted. The school is still in operation and there are still classes," Lake St. Martin’s external expertise specialist Dennis Cameron said in an interview.

He said the dispute isn’t with the First Nation. It’s between the landlord that holds the band’s lease and an unknown "third party" with a beef with the landlord.

"The current situation is there is conflict between the landlord and this third party. We tried to confirm the allegations (from the third party) and fill in the blanks." Cameron said. The band couldn’t get to the bottom of the dispute but by the end of the day, the kids’ school was still theirs, Cameron said.

"it’s somebody else’s fight," Cameron said.

A year ago, some 65 students from kindergarten to Grade 9 were briefly turned out of the same building, after it failed fire code standards.

Students were out of school nearly three weeks before repairs were made to the heating system and fire code standards were met.

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