School will not be ready for September move: Coleman

Published on June 20, 2014
G.C. Rowe Junior High School is shown in this file photo.
Geraldine Brophy

It is official, the new Corner Brook junior high school facility will not be ready for September.

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District informed the school councils of G.C. Rowe Junior High and Presentation Junior High Wednesday evening, according to a letter distributed to parents of Rowe students Thursday.

“The district informed the school councils that it will not receive possession of the new school in time for the start of the school year in September,” the letter signed by principal Helen Coleman stated.

“There is a potential the district may not receive possession until late fall.”

The contingency plan to move all students into Rowe for September will take place. Renovations to the former Regina High School, the future junior high, will continue.

“The advantages of bringing students together in G.C. Rowe Junior High include having students commence academic programming together and allowing the school communities to come together at the beginning of the school year to build a common school spirit,” Coleman stated.

There also has to be some work, such as installing information technology infrastructure and video equipment, after the facility is turned over to the district.

Afterwards, school administration and district staff will decide an appropriate time to transition to the new school.

The board of trustees has approved Corner Brook Intermediate as the new school’s name. The school colours chosen are black and silver, with some red. The mascot will be named Storm.

Daryl Wheeler — current Presentation principal — will be the school’s principal and Helen Coleman — current principal at Rowe — will be the assistant principal.

“We are extremely excited to bring our school communities together and look forward to the coming academic year,” Coleman stated.