It’s official – Revelstoke’s new high school is set to open the door to its students and staff in less than a month’s time.
According to a report by Earl Woodhurt, the school district’s principal of operations and technology, the new facility should be open sometime between Oct. 11 to 17.
“That’s the target Graham feels is realistic and we’re hoping from our end we’ll achieve that,” he told the Revelstoke Board of Education at its first meeting of the new school year on Sept. 14. “It’s all hands on deck to make that happen and so far, so good.”
The new high school has been under construction by Graham Construction since spring 2010 and the move will take place six weeks ahead of the contracted date of Nov. 30, 2010.
The district has already started taking over portions of the school and is doing preparatory work like waxing floors, putting new furniture in place and moving all unnecessary teaching material to the new building.
Education Minister George Abbott will be in Revelstoke for the official opening on Oct. 25.
“Staff will be working with the ministry to craft a slate of activities that day that is worthy of such an outstanding facility,” wrote Woodhurst in his report.
“School should be in session by that point and fully completed,” he added during the board meeting.
The move to the new high school will also mean the end of the old. Once the move is complete, Graham will start demolishing the old building.
“Graham will be waiting at the gates,” said Woodhurst. “As soon as we are out of there, they are in there. The hope is by demolishing the west wing of the school they can get the footing in for the final phase of the elementary school by winter.”
The entire building won’t be ready all at once as the theatre isn’t scheduled to be finished until early next year. The new elementary school is scheduled to open at the start of the 2012-13 school year.