Work still going at new school


Construction to complete the new Robert Moore School is still underway and will continue in the upcoming months.
Originally slated to be completed by the start of the 2010 school year (and students and staff did start their year off in the new facility), the completion date first was pushed back to the end of September and now even further.
Installation of the remaining millwork and flooring is all that’s left for completing the new school, said Raymond Roy, manager of plant operations for the Rainy River District School Board.
“The contractor worked all weekend just putting in all the different millwork—there were a few items missing, so it all arrived and they installed it on the weekend,” Roy said about the most recent progress.
“The gym flooring is scheduled to be laid next Monday,” he added.
Following the installation of the gym floor, the contractor then will move on to installing flooring in other areas of the school that haven’t been completed yet.
It’s now anticipated the gymnasium flooring will be done by the end of November, Roy said, meaning students and staff will be able to move over to the new location after having been using the old school’s gym.
“Once the gym at the [new] Robert Moore is available, and the students are over there, then we’ll start construction on the education centre [board office] and the old gym,” Roy said about the next step, which will see the old school’s gym turned into administration offices for school board staff.
Construction on the new school only is taking place outside of normal school hours, when students are not present.
Meanwhile, as Robert Moore moves towards completion, construction also is now getting underway for the new Mine Centre School.
“It’s moving along quite well,” Roy said, adding the project is on schedule.
“All the in-ground stuff is done, the concrete slab is 90 percent done, and all the block walls—we’re hoping to have all that done by Christmas, that’s the schedule,” he remarked.
The new Mine Centre School, located at the same site as the old one, will be roughly 17,450 square feet in size once finished.
It will house one junior kindergarten/senior kindergarten room, three junior/intermediate classrooms, a computer lab/library, a learning circle room, special education room, language room, kitchen, and about a 3,200 sq. ft. gymnasium.
Photo updates of the project can be seen online on the board’s website (