GALLERY: RSS renos transform a high school into an elementary school

Arlen MacLaine
By Arlen MacLaine
July 18th, 2013

Renovations have started at RSS that will transform the former high school, into its new role as a K-9 facility.  A construction company out of Kelowna has the contract, which is being overseen by Greg Stone, a local Rossland contractor.

The school will have see grades K to 6 on the first two floors, and grades 7-9 on the third floor.  As such, some of the major changes that are taking place in the school involve the removal of all the lockers on the first two floors, which will be replaced with cubby holes similar to those at MacLean elementary.

According to regulation, all classrooms in an elementary school must have a sink in them.  This requires a lot of plumbing work for many classrooms in the former RSS.

Another major change to the school involves the removal of some of the old walls, and the addition of some new walls. This is in order to create more classrooms in the same space, as there will be more students in the school, now that it is K-9.

The biology and chemistry labs are also being removed, as the ‘middle school’ science curriculum doesn’t have the same requirements as high school biology and chemistry.

Along with the more major upgrades, a lot of the ducting will be replaced.

Renovations began about two weeks ago, and there is still a lot to be done before the school year starts again in September.

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