Gander Elementary set to open on Thursday
Measures in place to deal with odour issues from nearby waste water treatment plant
After a busy summer making final preparations, Gander Elementary, the town’s newest school located on Magee Road, is set to open to students on Thursday.
Bronson Collins, assistant director of education for programs in central, said the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District took ownership of the school last week and began moving equipment and other materials into the facility.
The school will be open to staff this week, with students set to arrive for the first day of school on Thursday – a day later than most other provincial school openings.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” said Collins. “It’s been a long time coming, a new school for the Gander system, and I think the community is really going to love the new school.”
The school also comes with a new website – ganderelementary.ca – and Collins recommends all parents check it out. The site contains important opening information, along with bussing and student drop-off schedules.
“(It) will be the first week, and everyone will be adjusting, but there is a very good plan on the website and we are asking all parents to look at it,” Collins said. “We’ll also have a number of people on site the first few days getting the routines down.”
Addressing odour concerns
The school is opening next to a wastewater treatment plant. While the plant will eventually be phased out when a new facility is constructed in another area of town, parents have raised concerns about odor, as the town has previously stated the facility is running at near capacity levels.
Collins said the district is aware of these concerns; however, mitigation measures are in place to address the treatment plant until it is phased out.
“We as a district have approached provincial government through the building of this school to make sure there were enhanced carbon filters put in the building, to help reduce potential odor issues that might arise,” he said. “The Town of Gander has committed to the ongoing maintenance of the facility to help mitigate any odors.”