Staff says school repairs underway

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Parents say they’ll wait and see

Parents of students at Elwood High received the communication they say has been lacking since structural problems at the almost 40-year-old building began worsening last week.

The school admitted in a Monday memo recieved late that evening by The Western Star that the roof problems have been occurring since Christmas but have been exacerbated by the beginning of a spring thaw last week. The memo states that more catch basins have been placed around various areas and any wet tiles found are being replaced. In addition, it says, one class has been moved to another location of the school for their studies because of the leaks.

The memo also tries to put the fears of parents and students to about any potential mould to rest.

“It should be noted that the health and safety of our students is in no way in jeopardy because of this situation because the school’s block-construction does not support mold growth,” officials said in the memo.

The memo adds that school officials have been assured by the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and the Department of Education that “apparent problems” with the roof will be addressed once the weather improves and conditions allow for the necessary work to proceed.

“The situation progressed very quickly and we are thankful to all concerned for the committee response we have received,” officials stated.

The memo may have headed off a vocal response from the student body, as some members of which were planning some form of protest for early Tuesday morning either on or near school property. One of the parents told The Western Star that those who were considering the action agreed to wait to see how the situation would be handled.

Another parent, Nancy Anstey, whose daughter attends Grade 12 at the school, said she would be going in to see exactly what is happening in the building Tuesday.

“I want to see exactly what the damage is,” she said. “My daughter went to drama there over the weekend and she said workers were there Saturday, so I think we’d all like to find out what is happening.”

Students and parents alike complained loudly late last week about conditions in the school that seemed to appear very quickly. Some said students felt water dripping on them during classes and others had lockers flooded out.

Organizations: Department of Education

Geographic location: Western Star

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