Clark's Harbour house torn down to expand school playground

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A house near the site of the Clarks Harbour Elementary School came down on Monday to make way for an expanded playground. Suz Crowell photo

A house near the site of the Clark's Harbour Elementary School was torn down on Monday to make more room for playground space

The building was acquired by the Tri County Regional School Board and was expected to be completely removed today (Tuesday, March 4)

Classes at the Clark's Harbour school have been going on throughout the fall and winter during major renovations to the facility.

A $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.

Students have been taking split lunch and recess breaks to accommodate for the loss of playground space, and has seen construction workers taking part in the school’s fire drills as part of their safety standards.

The work is expected to be complete by September. 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.

Organizations: Clarks Harbour Elementary School, Clarks Harbour house, Tri County Regional School Board

Geographic location: Cape Sable Island

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