High school work

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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