New roof for beloved school

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Abi Smil­lie

A pri­mary school burned in a mas­sive blaze has wel­comed a new roof.

Pupils, staff and par­ents were dev­as­tated when Bal­lantrae Pri­mary caught fire back in June, just weeks be­fore clos­ing up for sum­mer.

But the build­ing was given a new lease of life last week as it said hello to a new roof and win­dows as work con­tin­ued on re­furb­ing the school.

Fifty- eight P1- P7 pupils con­tinue to make the daily com­mute to Gir­van Pri­mary, where they were re­lo­cated fol­low­ing the blaze.

The fire – con­tained within the main school build­ing – caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to the ex­ist­ing class­room and early years pro­vi­sion at the school.

And around 30 fire­fight­ers tack­led the flames on the morn­ing of Mon­day, June 4.

Bal­lantrae pupils are ex­cited to see their new school.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Work is pro­gress­ing well with the new roof now com­pleted and win­dow re­place­ment now un­der­way.

“The build­ing’s ex­pected to be wind and wa­ter tight by next week after which we’ll will be­gin dry­ing out the build­ing.

“Mean­while, in the ex­ten­sion, new floor­ing is be­ing laid with this work sched­uled to be com­pleted this month.”

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