The Granisle school is being transformed and downsized this summer.
Originally built for 600 students in 1974, the school now has 35 students and is “well past its prime as far as the condition of the building,” said Tim Bancroft, Manager of Facilities for School District 91.
They’re demolishing 23 classrooms and 40,000 square feet, and renovating everything but the gym and a few offices, and adding five modular classrooms.
The project has a $7.3 budget, $5.3 from the Ministry of Education and $2 million from SD91, and the contractor is Unitech Construction Management Ltd.
The classrooms are being built in Vancouver and trucked to Granisle to be hooked up by early-August.
Renovations in the interior will continue all summer, and the old school will be demolished August and September.
“We’re still on schedule for September start up,” Bancroft said.
“We’re all getting very, very excited about having a brand new school in the town here.
“It’s a new design that is more encouraging for collaborative learning, so we’re excited about that.”
Bancroft says it will also benefit the community by having meeting space, a brand new kitchen, and a gym people can use.
“This is not only going to be a new school for the kids, it’s also going to be a new centre for the community,” he said.
“It’s probably going to benefit the community as much as the kids.”