Dale re­vamp will be wheelchair-friendly

Go! & Express - - IN KING - BRIAN McLEAN

DALE Col­lege is re­vamp­ing for the bet­ter, act­ing head­mas­ter War­wick Os­mond has an­nounced.

Os­mond said the re­vamp was the wish of for­mer head­mas­ter Mike Eddy, who has re­tired to Port El­iz­a­beth.

Eddy, ac­cord­ing to Os­mond, be­lieved there was an ur­gent need to make the re­cep­tion area ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

“Part of the re­vamp in­volves plac­ing the main en­trance of the school in it’s right­ful place, which is at the front. Af­ter ev­ery­thing is com­pleted, the school will be far more user­friendly,” Os­mond said.

“The park­ing area will now also be in the front in­stead of the back, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to go di­rectly into the re­cep­tion area, which will be at­trac­tive.

“It will also in­clude a ramp for wheel­chairs,” he said.

He said that re­stroom fa­cil­i­ties would also be built, which would in­cluded a fa­cil­ity for dis­abled peo­ple.

“The new staffroom will be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from the car park and will in­clude a kitch­enette plus a com­puter and print­ing sec­tion.”

Os­mond said he was look­ing for­ward to feed­back from staff, pupils and the pub­lic once the project was com­plete.

Ac­cord­ing to Os­mond, work started on June 18 and is set to be com­pleted next month. New Old Dalian Union pres­i­dent, Barry Hayi­dakis said he thought the move was a prac­ti­cal de­ci­sion.

“Now when the pub­lic vis­its the school, they will be helped by the sec­re­taries and ad­min staff with the staffroom moved to the bot­tom floor,” he said.

“It also means the pub­lic will have eas­ier and quicker ac­cess, while a dis­abil­ity en­trance at the front is im­por­tant,” Hayi­dakis said.

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