High school work
Char-Lan District High School is slated to undergo a nearly quarter-of-a-million dollar renovation, beginning this summer.
School principal Cathy Cooper told The News recently that while project plans are still being finalized, the main focus of the initiative involves the building’s current library space.
“We’re looking at moving our learning commons, formerly the library, into another room in between the two tech rooms,” said Mrs. Cooper.
“And we’re also looking at combining the elementary (Grades 7 and 8) resource centre and the secondary one to make one large resource room, to get better use of the space there. And we’re looking at some painting and other brightening up, too.”
Peter Bosch, Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Manager of Design and Construction, who estimated that the construction project would cost about $ 225,000, added that the current library will be turned into a resource room for special education students, and that a “universal, barrier-free” washroom will also be constructed to improve accessibility.
Mr. Bosch said construction would commence once classes are out in June and that work may extend into early September.
Char-Lan last underwent comprehensive renovations between the 2005/06 and 2007/08 academic years.
Good Places To Learn
The UCDSB invested a total of $ 3.6 million – through the Ministry of Education’s $2.1 billion Good Places to Learn
Initiative – over that period to finance a major makeover of the school’s north/ south wing, which included gutting and reconstructing close to 10 classrooms, the installation of new lighting, and extensive work to the school’s septic system.
The Williamstown school was originally constructed in 1954 – at a cost of $400,000 ($3.5 million in today’s funds, according to the Bank of Canada’s Inflation Calculator) – with students first attending classes at the new facility that November.