The exterior of the former Regina High School is shown on Tuesday. ‚ÄĒ Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
CORNER BROOK Half way through the academic school year, it appears it will indeed be the last for separate junior high schools in Corner Brook.
The construction to redevelop the former Regina High School as an intermediate school is on schedule to be ready for the new year in September.
According to a Department of Transportation and Works spokesperson the about $12 million project to give students and staff a modern facility is about half complete. It is proceeding on schedule, and the school is expected to be ready for September. The contractor is Marco Services Ltd.
The redeveloped junior high school will have capacity of about 750 students and will include such features as a new gymnasium, fitness centre, multi-purpose/lunchroom and upgraded science labs and classrooms.
During a recent interview, Vaughn Granter, Conservative member for Humber West, said the completion of this project enables government to advance the other institutional changes in the education redevelopment for Corner Brook.
Two of the five elementary schools are slated to be closed in Corner Brook ‚ÄĒ‚ÄąSt. Gerard‚Äôs and Sacred Heart ‚ÄĒ and students of Humber Elementary will be moved into the G.C.‚ÄąRowe Junior High facility. There was also $500,000 allocated this past year for preliminary work on that move. That is the first priority following the completion of the redeveloped junior high.
According to the Department of Education, a consultant has been appointed for G.C. Rowe as of July 2013 and has visited the site to assess the current building condition. The scope of work is currently being finalized.
There is also a redevelopment of J.J. Curling Elementary and a possible redevelopment or new C.C. Loughlin facility.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs not this year, but we will keep that on the agenda as we move along,‚ÄĚ Granter recently said.