Fort Nelson Secondary School is slated for a new roof, with construction expected to begin in the summer.
The provincial government announced $912,000 for the work on Nov. 10. The project includes replacing the roof membrane, adding insulation, improving drainage and enhancing supports for solar panels.
“The tenders are being worked on now, and then we’re planning on pre-purchasing materials so that we can get started as soon as we possibly can here in the north,” said Diana Samchuck, School District 81 superintendent.
Student learning won’t be impacted during construction. Samchuck believes the construction will most likely take place during the summer months.
“We certainly are excited that we were provided the money. We really appreciate that the government is taking steps to upgrade facilities and keep things working for our students,” she said.
Fort Nelson Secondary School is approximately 74 years old, and has had several additions since it was first built. The last time the roof had any kind of upgrade was in 2000, according to Joy Fowlow, school district office administrative assistant.
The project was approved under the province’s routine capital program, and was chosen based on need, priority and supporting student learning.
“This investment is a practical way to increase the longevity of Fort Nelson Secondary School,” said Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North, in a press release.
Since 2002, the Ministry of Education has invested $4.2-billion in new and improved schools.