Wheat­land Cross­ing School open­ing de­layed

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

The open­ing of the new Wheat­land Cross­ing School has been de­layed one month be­cause of con­struc­tion is­sues due to wet weather. The school divi­sion has ar­ranged for stu­dents to at­tend Stan­dard School start­ing Septem­ber 1 while crews com­plete work on the fa­cil­ity.

Golden Hills School Divi­sion su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Be­van Dav­erne told The Mail the high amounts of rain in July and early Au­gust have caused the con­trac­tor work­ing on the school site de­lays in com­plet­ing the roof­ing and ex­te­rior con­crete work, which will set the open­ing back to early Oc­to­ber, weather depend­ing.

“We are in a hold­ing pat­tern here,” Dav­erne said. “Those ex­te­rior ar­eas that were a prob­lem should be ready in an­other month, weather depend­ing again, too, but that’s what we’re told.”

Stu­dents will in­stead be bussed to Stan­dard School, where the school divi­sion has made ar­range­ments to ac­com­mo­date the in­creased class sizes of the stu­dents who are com­ing from Rock­y­ford, Gle­ichen, Hus­sar, Rose­bud, as well as Stan­dard. A let­ter sent out to par­ents this week in­vites them to at­tend a pub­lic meet­ing on Mon­day, Au­gust 29 at 7 pm at Stan­dard School to dis­cuss ad­just­ments.

Wet weather has set back con­trac­tors of the new Wheat­land Cross­ing School and the school divi­sion has made ar­range­ments for stu­dents to be bussed to Stan­dard School for the month of Septem­ber while work is com­pleted.

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