Terry Slaunwhite (foreground) from Marid Industries fastens a cable from the superstructure of the new gymnasium being built at the Clark’s Harbour Elementary School to a cement barrier, as a precaution in advance of Tropical Storm Gabrielle weather warnings last week. Also pictured from Marid on the lift are Josh MacNeil (right) and Bobby Sill. The Halifax based company are sub-contractors are on the project. Kathy Johnson photo
by Kathy Johnson
Classes are in and construction is ongoing at the Clark’s Harbour Elementary School on Cape Sable Island.
“It’s working out very well,” said principal Leslie Smith, with students taking split lunch and recess breaks to accommodate for the loss of playground space, and construction workers participating in the school’s fire drills as part of their safety standards.
The $4.7 million school renovation project will add four new classrooms to the school, including the new music room/stage, and a new 5,400 square foot (502 square meters) gymnasium, featuring a separate entrance to allow for easier community access to the facility.
Interior renovations, which will convert the school’s existing gymnasium into a cafeteria, and exterior improvements such as a new soccer field and paved bus loop are also part of the plan.
Smith said it looks like everything is on track for completion by September, 2014. Once completed, the Clark’s Harbour Elementary School will become a Primary to Grade 6 consolidated school for all elementary students on Cape Sable Island. An estimated 200 students will attend the facility. Only students from Grades Primary to 3 currently attend the Clark’s Harbour Elementary School.