J.W.Walker construction now underway

Construction schedules have been set and work began this week on the $4.8-million expansion and renovation of J.W. Walker School here.
At tonight’s regular monthly meeting of the Rainy River District School Board, trustees will hear a report from the superintendent of plant and maintenance updating them on construction schedules and work to be done on the project.
“We have already begun the piling,” noted Murray Quinn. “A fence is up around the site for the safety of the children.”^The tender for the project was awarded last month to Finn Way General Contractors of Thunder Bay. Construction is projected to be complete by June 13, 2004 so the new expanded school will be ready for the 2004-05 school year.
“The construction documents have all been completed,” said Quinn. “Mobilization [for construction] began on May 27. We hope to get as much closed in before the fall comes.
“That is Finn Way’s goal before the cold weather sets in,” he added, noting that will save on heating costs at the job site.
Also at tonight’s meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Robert Moore School, the board will present its Recognition of Excellence to three separate groups, including one to Mark Singleton, a Grade 6 student at Riverview School in Rainy River, for his second-place showing in the Rainy River District Intermediate Speech Contest.
Singleton will read his speech, entitled “Bread,” to trustees.
Meanwhile, the School-Based Services Project 2003 Young Women’s Conference also will be honoured tonight, along with Fort Frances High School’s computer technology in the classroom program.
In other business tonight, the board will hear a report from the Special Education Advisory Committee and be asked to approve its 2003 Special Education Plan.
The plan—designed to empower students “to dream of the possibilities, to believe in themselves, and to achieve”—outlines roles and responsibilities for all parties involved, including the Ministry of Education, the school board, the committee, principals, teachers, parents, and students.
The board also will hear reports from the policy committee regarding the harassment policy, and the anti-bullying committee, which will ask trustees to approve its anti-bullying curriculum implementation plan for 2003-04.
The finance committee will present three resolutions to the board tonight, including the approval of the 2003-04 budget and the approval to write-off taxes of $6,415.32.
The transportation committee will present a resolution approving the amended 2003-04 bus operators’ contract while the strategic direction review committee will ask the board to approve its revised vision statements.
There also will be an update from the First Nations advisory committee.
Also tonight, trustees will hear an administrative report on the board’s Summer School and Summer Institute programs, and hear an update on summer facility projects from Quinn.
The board also will be presented with a resolution to approve the awarding of the $324,822.74 tender for new computer equipment.