East Coulee School Mu­seum set for phase one of roof re­build

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley

depend­ing on funds.

“We don’t have any plan to set that into place any­time soon – it’s all about get­ting the f u n d i n g ,” said Hod­der.

The ECSM is work­ing to­gether with Cooper Roof­ing, the Al­berta Culture and To u r ism His­toric Re­source branch, and TAIGH Ar­chi­tec­ture for Phase One of the roof over­haul.

As for a small history les­son, the East Coulee School opened in 1930 as a four room school­house.

Later on, an ad­di­tional four rooms plus base­ment were added on. At its peak, the school ser­viced over 360 stu­dents daily be­fore clos­ing its doors to the public in 1971. East Coulee stu­dents be­gan buss­ing to Drumheller for classes.

The build­ing was boarded up for over a decade un­til the Di­nosaur Val­ley Her­itage So­ci­ety be­gan restora­tion work in 1982 in hopes of turn­ing the old East Coulee School into a her­itage site. In that restora­tion, the roof was par­tially re­done.

“I mean they only had so much fund­ing avail­able in the 80’s to do it so we’re fi­nally able to raise enough now,” said Hod­der.

Hod­der is op­ti­mistic and pleased to have a new roof for the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing build­ing.

“When it rains, it pours down here in the val­ley and we re­ally feel that im­pact in the back part of the roof – we have to nor­mally set up buck­ets.”

“It’s go­ing to save us a lot in the long run from wa­ter dam­age,” said Hod­der.

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