Renovations to Westsyde elementary almost complete

The school was closed in 2006, but will re-open in September due to increased enrolment

Renovations to Westsyde elementary are nearly complete.

Work at the school, which is being re-opened this September to ease overcrowding at nearby David Thompson elementary, is about 90 per cent complete, according to School District 73 facilities director Art McDonald.

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“We’ve renovated, basically, the entire building on the inside,” he said. “It’s not too often we get an empty building.”

Replacing flooring, installing new LED lighting and new ceiling tiles, adding plumbing fixtures, doors and cabinetry and slapping on fresh interior paint were among the renovations made to the building.

McDonald said an exterior paint job still needs to be done on the school closed in 2006 and has since bene used by community groups.

“There’s not a lot left after that — basically, get the furniture in and open the doors for September,” he said.

McDonald said furniture and other supplies from David Thompson elementary will be moved to Westsyde elementary, along with some new items.

The district estimates Westsyde elementary housing about 175 students for 2019-2020.

The renovation began in mid-March, with approximately 30 SD73 tradespeople on site.

The building renovation required extra time to deal a few exterior walls with dry rot. In addition, several angled walls were built and a kitchen installed.

Upon completion of the project at Westsyde elementary, school district maintenance crews will be working on installing portables — two at Brocklehurst middle, one at Valleyview secondary and one at McGowan Park elementary.

Crews will also be moving two from David Thompson to South Sa-Hali elementary.

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