Revelstoke Secondary School students will be introduced to their beautiful new building next week when the move to the new high school begins in earnest.
“What we’re trying to attempt to do is the day they are complete, we want to be in it the next day,” said district superintendent Anne Cooper. “It’s a very, very tight schedule.”
The move is set to start on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when the grade 12 class will get a tour of the new building and be shown where the classrooms, lockers and other facilities are. The other four grades will visit the school on Thursday and Friday.
To give staff time for the move, students will attend classes at the current school for mornings only next week. In the afternoons, staff will and movers will carry their equipment over to the new building.
“I think we’re doing a little more now in the evenings than we might have planned,” said Cooper.
Right now the new school is surrounded by fences and workers are still hard at it, however the parking lot is paved and bike racks are lined up to the right of the main entrance.
Next weekend the high school will host the Junior Last Spike volleyball tournament in the old school; it will be the school’s last hurrah. On Monday, October 17, students will show up to class in the new school, where they’ll have to get the lay of the land and find out new between-class hang-out spots.
“It’s a beautiful new building but it’s a completely new environment so there will be an adjustment period as everybody figures out where they belong in the building and as groups of kids figure out where their comfortable,” said RSS principal Mike Hooker.
He said everyone is looking forward to the move. Right now the current school is in need of a new roof and there are patchwork repair jobs in place to catch rainwater leaking through. Maintenance staff have been trying to hold things together until the new building is ready.
“We’re looking forward to the new building with an HVAC system that’s brand new,” Hooker said. “Right now, the heat works, but not very well. The air conditioning works, but not very well.”
Shortly after the move, the old building will be demolished to make room for the rest of the new elementary school.
“I don’t know if our kids are looking back with too much nostalgia but the teachers for sure,” said Hooker.
Click here to read the letter sent to parents about the new school occupancy schedule.