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Department of Education seeking bids for redevelopment of old Regina High School

Ross Elliott, director of education with the Western School District, is seen in the former Regina High School gymnasium on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013. Contractors have until Feb. 17 to submit a bid on the project to redevelop the school into a junior high facility.

CORNER BROOK —  Contractors have until Feb. 18 to submit a bid on the project to redevelop the old Regina High School into a junior high facility.

Ross Elliott, director of education with the Western School District, said with the invitation to tender now out the project is on track to be completed by September 2014.

About 700 students will then move into the facility, which will be the city’s only junior high school.

Elliott said the board has no concerns with accommodating that number of students once the school is completed.

“The space is going to be very adequate,” said Elliott. “Just to draw a contrast, the current building that we have there now, with those two temporary classrooms, once had nearly 1,100 high school students.”

Elliott was referring to when the school housed all the city’s high school students during reconstruction of Corner Brook Regional High.

“Now we’re talking about 700 junior high students with actually a bit more instructional space.”

The invitation to tender on the project was advertised in The Western Star by the Department of Transportation and Works on Jan. 26.

Elliott said plans and specifications on the work to be done include the construction of a new gymnasium and renovations to the existing gym to accommodate a music room, multi-purpose room and other instructional space.

The rest of the school will also be refurbished. The two temporary classrooms, put in place while the school housed all the city’s high school students, will be removed.

While construction won’t disrupt student learning, Elliott said the gymnasium at the school will no longer be available for use by Presentation Junior High or adult community groups once construction starts.

The project has been estimated to cost about $13 million, but Elliott said the actual cost won’t be known until the tender is awarded.

He noted the board has had a lot of support from the province, the city and the Roman Catholic Church in advancing the project. The work is taking place on land that is owned by the RC episcopal corporation and the church has an interest in part of the current building.

The new school is also situated near some city-owned recreation facilities which Elliott said will be of great advantage to the school.

Once this project is completed the board will move ahead with re-organizing the city’s elementary school system. The current five-school system will be reduced to three.

As for changes outside the city, Elliott said there are no immediate plans to include students from nearby St. Peter’s Academy in Benoit’s Cove in the re-organization.

Organizations: Regina High School, Department of Education, Department of Transportation and Works Roman Catholic Church Academy in Benoit

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Western Star, Peter

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  • BDR
    February 10, 2013 - 11:20

    This is not a relatively new school. Although the Dept. of Education dates the school in the 70's (if recall is correct) when it was partly rebuilt as a result of a fire, the building actually dates back to about 1959. The foundation and some of the existing structure date from that time. The overall structure is in relatively good condition for the age, however there are many areas which would need significant upgrades to meet contemorary standards, including roof & heating and ventilation systems.

  • Citizen
    February 09, 2013 - 12:19

    700 junior high school students under one roof. Should be verrrry interesting.

  • david
    February 08, 2013 - 10:10

    Hmmmm. turning a relatively new school into a new school....well, that's going to take an awful lot of work. Probably cost a few hunnert million. I can probably give you a discount on floor tiles and switch plates, but that's about it. And if you pay cash, I can knock off a couple million. I'll get back to you. And, oh yeah....did you want a tight roof or leaky roof? We're having a special this month.

    • Shawn
      February 09, 2013 - 09:08

      Yet another brilliant response from David! He spews toxic comments about most every topic brought forth even though it's painfully obvious he has very little understanding of any of them or for that matter, anything that actually happens outside the front door. I have to wonder if he has some kind of "in" with the Star editors because so many of my comments toward his mindless banter are censored. Please do tell us David what needs to be done with this building to get it up to snuff for our kids.

  • Edward Smith
    February 08, 2013 - 07:23

    Would be a great place for a new City Hall... Could we sell the current new City Hall and turn it into a shopping centre maybe... just thinking..

  • jon
    February 08, 2013 - 05:47

    Nice to see public tenders actually going public! Unlike the crowd at Marble Mountain.