School renovations continue but not without problems

Stettler Middle School was without heat last Friday, Oct. 9, due to a delay in the arrival of the new boilers for the school that were ordered back in June.

Stettler Middle School was without heat last Friday, Oct. 9, due to a delay in the arrival of the new boilers for the school that were ordered back in June.

But things went back to normal on Tuesday, Oct. 13 after crews hooked up the boilers working throughout the long weekend.

Clearview Superintendent John Bailey said the company had promised to send the boilers in the 12th week of the order being placed, but the delivery problems had delayed their arrival on time.

In the meantime, renovations are also continuing at the Christ King elementary school after Clearview School Division moved its headquarters downtown Stettler on Main Street at the northeast corner of 51 Avenue (Highway 56) in a new two-storey building with the Town of Stettler.

“This project will bring the building up to good standing and functional for students and staff,” said Tom Koskie, facilities and curriculum coordinator for East Central Alberta Catholic Separate School Division.

“We used our capital reserve of $1.5 million for Phase 1 and received funding of $525,000 from Alberta Infrastructure for Phase 2.”

“With this provincial funding, we are able re-roof the entire roof,” said Koskie.

Renovating the administrative and office area and a complete new roof are the main components of the second phase, which has been rolled into the first phase.

Space vacated by Clearview has been currently converted to classrooms while regular classrooms are being totally renovated and restructured as part of the initial phase.

“We hope to move students back into regular classes by the end of October,” said Koskiie.

Installation of new boilers and water heaters are other components of the first phase, which also includes removing asbestos.

“It’s a transition to make it our school building and it’s a three-phase project,” said Koskie.

Phase 3 would include adding further space when the school enrolment starts to grow, currently with about 70 students from kindergarten to Grade 9.

This project has been in the school division’s capital plan for many years, said Koskie.

Christ-King Catholic School moved into its current facilities in fall 2004.

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