Humber MHA Dwight Ball, right, meets with Bill Hayden at Ball’s Deer Lake office Friday. — Star photo by Paul Hutchings
Humber Valley MHA Dwight Ball said parents and students can expect to see some improvements made to the situation at Elwood Regional High School in the coming weeks.
The Opposition Leader said he has been looking into the disrepair situation, which came to light last week, and said he has heard promises from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board that repairs will be made as soon as the weather permits.
Students say they received the news Thursday morning when the school’s principal met with them. Student Alexandra Anstey, who has been keeping an eye on the repairs, said the students were told the board is seeking funding to make the necessary repairs in the building’s roof as soon as the weather gets better. Officials told them that tiles are being replaced and tarps are being installed to redirect waterflow from the roof leaks so it does not drip on the students during class time.
It feels like more could be done but at least something is happening,” said Anstey. “We need them to get this done as soon as they can.”
Fellow student Samantha Janes said she sees it as progress.
“We aren’t getting dripped on anymore, people’s lockers aren’t being flooded out anymore, the tarps are up,” said the Grade 12 student. “I think we should learn that when it’s an old building we should be prepared for anything and everything.”
“It seems they are finally getting on the ball,” said parent Denise Stuckless, who added that media attention might be the reason why progress is being made.
Ball said infrastructure is an issue across the province and other areas are going to see similar issues with older buildings.
“We’re seeing a lot of infrastructure that needs to be replaced, once you get into (maintaining) buildings that are 20, 25, 40 years old,” he said. “In this case there was no hesitation in solving the problem. I’m satisfied it will be taken care of.”
He said there is no word yet as to how much the repairs may cost, and school board officials did not return calls Friday afternoon.