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BHS Construction Update

BHS Construction Update
Posted on 12/04/2018
Construction workerDear Parents and Guardians:

I wanted to provide you with an update on the building renewal projects happening at our school. There are four major projects currently underway: the construction of a new gymnasium, the construction of a new parking lot, the installation of a new elevator and the relocation of the bus lane.

The installation of a new elevator is a challenging renovation project and like all renovations, it comes with noise, vibrations and dust. Unfortunately, this week we experienced heavy dust as well as odours resulting from brick cutting work. These issues were limited to the science wing on the first and second floor. Students were temporarily relocated from classrooms in that wing to the cafetorium for part of the day.

I am pleased to report that work on the parking lot and the bus lane is progressing and we expect to have access to both of those in the next week. The new parking lot on the east side of the property has been paved and once proper signage is installed, it will be open for use. Similarly, the new bus lane on the north end of the property is scheduled to open next week.

The opening of the parking lot and bus lane will address the many concerns about traffic, congestion, access and most importantly, safety. The new parking lot will include an area for pick up and drop off. Please note that students will continue to access the school through the doors on the south wings. We’ll send a message to our community detailing the traffic flow changes moving forward.

I appreciate the patience of students, staff and parents as we work through the construction issues. I want to reassure you that we have been working with the school district and the contractors to ensure that safety remains our first priority. We are looking at strategies that could help to manage construction traffic and noise in a way that best supports the learning environment.

Unfortunately, on Friday we experienced a very foul odour in the school, particularly in the east side of the building. This was unrelated to the construction work. Upon investigation, it was determined that a main sewer pipe serving the school was blocked. This was remedied and the odour dissipated.

I would like to express my appreciation to the school staff who have been so supportive throughout the construction and who continue to focus on student learning throughout the renovations. I would also like to acknowledge our students for their unwavering resilience. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to the parent community for your ongoing support. I will continue to provide regular updates at school council meetings.

These have been a challenging few weeks for our school. I am so grateful to work in such a supportive and caring community.

Sincerely,

Steve Collins
Principal
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