East Coulee School Museum set for phase one of roof rebuild
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.