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