High school students to get Enerplex space

High school students will soon have a new space to use at the Enerplex.

In an announcement made at Fort St. John City Hall, Tuesday, Larry Espe, says eight new classrooms will be constructed to accommodate students from grades 10, 11, and 12, and students from other programs in the future.

The superintendant for district 60 says the space will potentially be ready for the students beginning in Sept. 2011.

The other potential projects being considered for the space include classes in sports medicine, water treatment, or even a program for international students.

He says the project is expected to cost around $5.8 million, with approximately $1.3 million going towards paying the city for a 30 year lease. The remainder of the money will be spent on renovations.

Mayor Bruce Lantz calls the project a “ground-breaking initiative” and says the Enerplex is designed to be multifunctional, including 12,000 square feet of space that had not previously been given a specific purpose.

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He adds that because of its design, the students will not only be able to have their own space, but will have access to the building’s amenities.

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Espe says that although the new space will remove the need for 11 portables to be added to various schools across the district. Portable classrooms will still be added at Prespatou and Charlie Lake Elementary schools.

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