The new Revelstoke Secondary School has cost about $35 million and its opening is, it’s fair to say, eagerly awaited by parents and students across the city.
And the day of its opening is rapidly approaching. Originally slated for completion and opening by November 30, District Principal for Technology and Operations Earl Woodhurst said Thursday that it could open as early as October.
“The contracted completion date is November 30 but we expect an opening in October to be likely,” he said during a tour of School District 19 trustees and members of the news media. “We don;t want to come out and set a date at this point because we might be held to it.”
Whenever it does open almost everyone in town will want to see it. The new school feels significantly larger than the old RSS building but is, in fact, smaller. Part of the difference is due to the way that each space has been purpose built. The ceilings are much larger and that enhances the sense of space. Almost every office, classroom and smidgen of usable space has a terrific view and all of the windows open. This brightens the school spaces and enhances the sense that the spaces are filled with light and fresh air — a far cry from the old building.
Trustees who went on the Thursday morning tour were universally enthusiastic about the progress so far completed. But why waste your time describing it in print when you can see for your self through the following 33 photos. Enjoy: