The construction project at Boissevain School started last spring and was supposed to last about six months and it’s now into it’s ninth month.
Work includes new windows and exterior bricks to the collegiate portion of the school, some roof work and installation of a new boiler.
Tim De Ruyck is Superintendent with the Turtle Mountain School Division and he says several factors have led to the project taking longer than first anticipated. “The project did have a number of what they call change orders where they dig into things and it was discovered some things had to be changed. The roof over the east entrance of the school had to be reinforced and that took some time and that’s just one example of many things that happened.”
While the project has gone over the original time line officials are hopeful the end is in sight.
“We’ve slowly been regaining space that we previously didn’t have access to. We are back into the classrooms on the east side of the building and over the Christmas break gained access back into the smaller gymnasium which we haven’t had access to since last spring.”
Other than resource and guidance staff no other staff is displaced. The cafeteria is another part of the school people would like to see back in operation. “It’s very close to being accessible and we are working to get it up and running as soon as we can. It is nearing the point where we can occupy it again so hopefully that happens over the next coupe of weeks” said De Ruyck.
In the next week or so plans are to commission the new boiler. That involves cleaning everything up and firing up the boiler system for the first time to make sure everything is functioning properly. “Once that happens all the temporary heat sources can be removed.”
The final part of the project will be some landscaping that will take place this coming spring and De Ruyck says that wont have any impact on the operation of the school. The $4.2 million project is being paid for by the Public Schools Finance Board.
“It’s our hope that by the end of January we have access to all spaces back again.”