Construction of a new gym is continuing at Summerland Secondary School despite a setback from the recent rockslide on Highway 97.
The work began in June and is expected to conclude by December 2024 or January 2025, said Alan Stel, principal of the high school.
In late August, following a rock slide on Highway 97 north of Summerland, some of the contractors and workers who live north of the slide were not able to come in to the site.
The heavy work, including excavation and moving of gravel, was done during the summer, and as a result, Stel said the ongoing construction will not have significant effects on the day-to-day operations of the school.
The existing gym will be used while the new gym is under construction. Stel said the bleachers have been removed and a temporary interior wall is being set up. In addition, some of the classrooms at the school have been converted to change rooms for gym classes and sports events.
While the construction work is taking place during the school year, Stel said the learning environment at the school will not be affected by the construction work.
“There are no negative impacts on the daily operations of the school,” he said.
Once the new gym is completed, the existing gym will remain in place as an asset for the school.
High school classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Around 450 students are enrolled at the high school, similar to enrolment during the previous six to seven years.
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