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Plans to establish the former East Rosser School building as a local historical site are moving ahead.
The RM has been considering relocating and restoring the 1912-built school house for the past year.
Current plans call for the school to be moved from its current location two miles east of Rosser to the Prairie Dog Central Train station in Grosse Isle.
Reeve Frances Smee said the municipality received an estimate that pegged the cost of the project at $25,500. It is currently in talks with the RM of Rockwood to see if the neighbouring municipality would be willing to share the cost of the move.
"We have basically just given our findings to Rockwood to see if they will come on board to help us protect this important part of Rosser’s history," she said. "Once we have a decision from them, we will have something more solid."
East Rosser School is currently located on privately-owned land. The owner of the property has promised to donate the building to the RM if it is willing to pay for the cost of the move.
Smee said the project has the support of area residents, something the RM may have to count on if the move is to go ahead.
"This would be a community project with a lot of volunteer labour," she said. "We don’t have anything written in stone, but if we do this I believe we will get a lot of support from the community.
The RM has begun discussions with Prairie Dog railway officials. Its membership has indicated it would be willing to participate in the project.
"If we can do this that would be excellent," said Prairie Dog spokesperson Jim Harris.
The East Rosser School closed in 1963 and students were transferred to Rosser Village at that time. It later served the area as a community centre until it was purchased by Harry Gnidzicjko and converted into a carpentry shop.