Amidst the high-fives and hugs this morning, students at North Easthope students may have noticed a change to their school grounds.
Just prior to the school year, the structural challenges of the North Easthope Elementary School annex and the safety of North Easthope students increasingly became a concern for Avon Maitland.
Sparking the concern was a structural engineering report received in August documenting $375,000 worth of structural repairs required on the annex, with in excess of $100,000 needing to be addressed immediately.
North Easthope has not used the annex (formerly known as Clachan School S.S. #3) for many years.
Based on the findings of the structural engineering report and with the utmost concern for the safety of students, Avon Maitland, with the extraordinary help of the Municipality in expediting the permitting process, undertook a demolition and regrade of the annex area over the weekend just before the start of school.
“While the demolition of the Clachan School caught the community by surprise, most neighbours and school parents I saw over the weekend were quite understanding” said Perth East Trustee Julie Moore. “Everyone appreciated that student safety was our priority.”
“I’d like to thank all who helped to make this demolition process go as smoothly as possible,” said Principal JoAnne Knechtel. “I have taken many pictures and will share my memories of this building and the demolition story with the current students and staff.”
Out of respect for the building and the history it holds for the community, Avon Maitland worked to save the S.S. #3 name (as pictured below). It is currently residing in the North Easthope peace garden and is to be made into a permanent marker.