Fi­nal phase

New bus loop be­ing built

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cb­post.com

Work con­tin­ues on Me­mo­rial High ren­o­va­tions.

There is a steady clam­our from equip­ment as work con­tin­ues on the new bus loop be­ing built in front of Me­mo­rial High School.

The province set aside $5.52 mil­lion in De­cem­ber 2012 for up­grades to Me­mo­rial, along with $1.88 mil­lion for Glace Bay High School and $1 mil­lion for Donkin School. At that time, the province also set aside $500,000 to fur­ther study seven ad­di­tional po­ten­tial projects, in­clud­ing ren­o­va­tions to Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in New Water­ford.

The first phase at Me­mo­rial High in­cluded a new roof, new win­dows and the re­place­ment of ex­ist­ing win­dows.

“Last sum­mer we up­graded the me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal sys­tems, re­did all the wash­rooms in the school and in­cluded gen­der-neu­tral wash­rooms,” said Lewis Mac­Don­ald, co-or­di­na­tor of fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment with the Cape Bre­ton Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board. “The gym floor has been re­fur­bished, and the school now has a new foyer.”

The bus loop, which will in- clude a side­walk, is one of sev­eral projects presently un­der­way as part of the fi­nal phase of the three-year in­fra­struc­ture up­grade for the school, which opened in 1972.

It is ex­pected the bus loop will elim­i­nate traf­fic prob­lems at the rear of the school. Work has also started on rerout­ing a storm sewer.

Con­struc­tion is also un­der­way on the in­stal­la­tion of win­dows on the first floor of the school.

This will al­low for nat­u­ral light for class­rooms that will house in­com­ing Grade 9 stu­dents.

“There have al­ways been class­rooms on the first floor,” Mac­Don­ald said. “We had fund­ing avail­able, so it made sense to put in win­dows. It doesn’t af­fect the struc­tural in­tegrity of the build­ing.”

The fi­nal phase also in­cludes a new soc­cer field in the back, that will be ready for use in Septem­ber, and some repaving of the park­ing lot.

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Work­ers with W. MacPhail Con­tract­ing are con­struct­ing a bus loop at the front of Me­mo­rial High School.

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