A brand new school year will bring a new set of challenges for the Flin Flon School Division (FFSD). At the first board meeting of the new school year, held on Aug. 27, trustees and division staff revealed details on what’s new at Flin Flon schools.
The division’s main capital project, roof replacement projects at Ruth Betts Community School, École McIsaac School and Hapnot Collegiate, showed mixed results as of the first day of school. Roof work on Ruth Betts had been completed, but the other two projects were behind schedule. Work will continue on into the school year on roofs at École McIsaac and Hapnot.
Construction of grooming rooms at McIsaac and Ruth Betts has also been delayed and will continue into the school year. Asbestos was found in the area of Ruth Betts where the grooming room was to be built and remediation of the asbestos added some delays.
“All the schools have asbestos. They have the old tiles, it’s in the drywall, it’s in the pipes. It’s in a lot of things that aren’t disturbed - but we’re building grooming rooms, and because they’re opening up walls and everything, they had to do abatement,” said FFSD secretary treasurer Heather Fleming.
Abatements for other FFSD facilities will be done if there are any projects that may include disturbances.
Eight new teachers were hired for this year throughout the division - three at Hapnot, three at McIsaac and one each at Ruth Betts and Many Faces Education Centre. One new teacher at McIsaac, Tristan Barteski, was a product of the FFSD system and graduated from Hapnot Collegiate.