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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 18:10

Chinook schools to get improvements over summer

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The Chinook School Division will be busy with capital projects this summer.

As of May 9, 13 capital projects at 12 different schools were approved by the school board and are expected to be completed by the end of August. The total cost of the projects, which are being funded by the division’s surplus, is estimated at $880,000.

Over half of the estimated costs are going to projects in Swift Current.

The most expensive project, at an estimated price tag of $350,000, is the replacement of the gymnasium floor at Swift Current Comprehensive High School. A bus turn-out lane and tarmac replacement are expected during this construction season at Central School for $150,000. O. M. Irwin Middle School is set to receive replacement bleachers for its gymnasium.

Vanguard School is also to have work done on its gym floor this summer. The school’s electrical wiring is scheduled to be relocated from under the gym floor this year. The removal and replacement of the existing concrete slab floor is scheduled for 2012.

Vanguard is set to receive a portable stage this summer as well.

Stewart Valley School and Shaunavon Public School are set to receive a new playground structure surfacing and perimeter after this school year ends. Eastend is expecting to receive a back stop while Val Marie School should have a new fence in time for the 2011-12 school year.

Herbert and Cabri Schools’ parking lots will be paved this summer. Wymark School’s parking lot will also be upgraded.

Hazlet School will receive blind replacements this summer.

Chinook’s board selected to fund these projects from a list of capital projects schools would like to happen.

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