Students at Maples Collegiate have millions of dollars hanging above their heads — nearly $3.2 million in roof repairs, that is.
"This is a very substantial project," said Wayne Shimizu, secretary treasurer of the Seven Oaks School Division.
The replacement of Maples Collegiate’s roof is part of the school division’s five-year capital planning process with the Public Schools’ Finance Board.
"In this process we request major capital repairs and replacements which they will evaluate and funds the project 100%," Shimizu said.
The work is being done in two phases, he added.
"The first phase, which began last year, costs around $1.6 million and the second phase, which will begin this year, will also cost around $1.6 million."
Paul Anderson , director of operations for Seven Oaks, said the roof work is about halfway done.
"We’ve got roughly 180 more days to go, tenders are out on the last of the work," he said. "We are upgrading insulation. Tar and gravel is being replaced with a much longer lasting product."
Seven Oaks trustee Derek Dabee said the roof repairs are the latest in a series of upgrades at Maples Collegiate.
"The official opening of the new Maples Collegiate track and field, the new Maples Community Centre tennis and basketball courts project will be open come the end of the month," he said.
The official opening of a $210,000 outdoor tennis and basketball courts at Garden City Collegiate was held on June 4.