At­tawapiskat’s new school un­der­go­ing re­pairs

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

A new school in a re­mote north­ern On­tario in­dige­nous com­mu­nity has been closed for more than a month af­ter a mal­func­tion­ing sprin­kler sys­tem flooded the build­ing. Band coun­cil mem­bers in At­tawapiskat First Na­tion say the break in­side the $30 mil­lion el­e­men­tary school, the only one avail­able to serve the roughly 400 stu­dents in the com­mu­nity, leav­ing much of one floor un­der wa­ter. Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Turner says there have been no classes since the sprin­kler mal­func­tioned on Jan. 7. He says re­pairs to the build­ing are un­der­way and hopes stu­dents will be back in the school in a mat­ter of weeks. The tri­umphant open­ing of the school in 2014 put an end to a 14-year pe­riod dur­ing which the com­mu­nity had to teach its youngest stu­dents in por­ta­ble class­rooms due to a lack of proper fa­cil­i­ties.

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