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Bellerose and Leo Nickerson students won’t get their new portables until at least December due to yet more construction delays, says the St. Albert Public Schools superintendent. Gish students, however, will get two of theirs next month.

St. Albert Public School families learned this week that the province had once again delayed delivery of four of the district’s six new portables.

Two of them, however, would be ready by November as previously announced.

All six were originally supposed to be ready in time for this school year. The board learned last summer that the modular classrooms would be delayed until at least November due to manufacturing delays.

The province told the board that it was going to speed up construction of two of the portables so that they would be finished by mid-October and ready for students by November, said public board superintendent Barry Wowk.

“The other four are going to be delayed another month, it looks like,” he continued.

That puts their completion date around mid-November with occupancy likely by mid-December or January.

“If we can get them occupied sooner, we will.”

Wowk said that the two early portables would go to Elmer S. Gish. That school would get another one once the late ones arrive, with the rest going to Nickerson (two) and Bellerose (one).

“That’s if there aren’t any other delays,” Wowk said.

Catholic board superintendent David Keohane said that his district’s portable had also been delayed by a week. Instead of being ready by mid-September, it would now be ready by early October.

While thrilled that the board would get two of its portables earlier than expected, Wowk said he was skeptical that the others would arrive when promised, given that they’d been delayed twice at this point.

“This last delay certainly frustrated us.”

Wowk emphasized that all students were still receiving regular courses in the interim – they’re just in less-than-ideal teaching spaces.

Marguerite d’Youville students will get to shoot hoops in their new gym next week now that the floor has recovered from last May’s flood.

Ă©cole Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d’Youville students will get their first look at their renovated gym Monday in a special ceremony.

The gym floor was warped by water last May 13 when an eight-inch freshwater main broke and flooded most of the school. That led to the school’s evacuation and closure for about a week for repairs.

Students haven’t been able to use the gym ever since and have instead held their gym classes outdoors, principal Penny Baragar-Brcic said.

Work on the gym floor started Aug. 26 and was set to wrap up as this edition went to press.

Crews re-levelled the floor by grinding off the top two-thirds of it, Baragar-Brcic said. They also painted updated basketball lines, drilled bigger holes for the new volleyball nets, and painted a picture of the school mascot, Esprit the Leopard, in the middle.

“It’s beautiful,” Baragar-Brcic said of the floor.

“It’ll bring a little bit of new life to our phys-ed program.”

School mascot Esprit was still benched because the flood wrecked his costume, Baragar-Brcic said.

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