A recent meeting of the Board of the South East Cornerstone School Division outlined several decisions regarding Weyburn and area schools.
The tender for the Weyburn Comprehensive School Contract 1 has been developed and sent out, with Friday, May 20 the due date for when all tenders are to be in. It should be sometime in June when the best tender is selected and approved by the Board. With the tender for Contract 1 issued, construction can begin on turning the school into a Grade 7-12 facility. The Board is excited with this development and is celebrating this project soon getting underway.
Many small pieces of Weyburn's history will go back into the community, after the Board granted the Soo Line Historical Museum's request for bricks from the demolished parts of the Weyburn Comp School, when that facility is renovated beginning this year.
Two members of the museum made a presentation at last month's Board meeting, asking for a large quantity of bricks currently making up the older sections of the facility. Those bricks were created in the early 20th century by three now-closed Weyburn brick yards.
The museum will receive those bricks as part of Contract 2 of the Weyburn Comp project, with the school division to deliver those pieces to the local organization. Cornerstone will
keep, however, the two cement "Boys" and "Girls" signs on the school walls and possibly integrate them into the newly constructed Weyburn Comprehensive facility.
With two schools in the division hitting the threshold of the Ministry of Education's capacity numbers, the Board has submitted two separate applications to the Ministry asking for two portable classrooms. Assiniboia Park Elementary School (APES) is at 100 percent capacity while Arcola School is at 101 percent capacity. The additional space being requested for Arcola is over and above the Pre-K addition to that school.