What was needed? A new school. The old school was 55 years old and had reached the end of its life. A new school could have taken 5 years to build and there would have been a multi-purpose room for a gym.
What was done? Could a modular ex CFB school building on the grounds of PHSS be used? Randy Ball, Director of Works and Maintenance SD85 thought so.
How was it done? Secretary Treasurer, John Martin knew there was an Annual Facility Grant Fund with around 1 million dollars in it. Could this fund be used? Superintendent, Kathy Bedard and John Martin presented their proposal to the Board of Education. The Board of Education liked the proposal voted on a motion and the process began.
The Big Move Barging the SchoolArrival in Alert Bay
A School for a New Decade Reduce energy & environmental foot print the low flush toilets, the heat pumps, the automatic light system, the recycled materials, the wind mill supplying 10% of power needs and surplus returned to the community,
Kathy Bedard, Superintendent. One of the important outcomes of renovating and seismically updating the school, including the gymnasium and the library, is that Alert Bay School became one of the safest schools in the district Taking into account the importance of the 3 Rs, we recycled an older building, reduced the footprint of the school, and reused parts of the original school, including furniture, cabinets, and treasured artwork
Sun Transformation Mask Aubrey Johnson, Acclaimed Alert Bay artist.
Acknowledgements Kathy Bedard, Superintendent, SD85. John Martin, Secretary Treasurer, SD 85. Randy Ball, Director, Maintenance. Board of Education, SD85. Jill Cook, and staff, Alert Bay School. School District Staff, SD85. Jay Dixon, Vice principal PHSS Port Hardy.