While Prince Rupert Secondary School is no longer housing senior students, the building will host at least one secondary class due to safety concerns with the mechanic shop at Charles Hays.
“We had someone come in and look at the shops, particularly since we’re reconfiguring the number of students and the school, and specifically he looked at safe distances between the equipment. When he looked at the facility in Charles Hays there just wasn’t enough room to safely accommodate all of the students, so the decision was made to move the engine hoist and some equipment to Prince Rupert Middle School…We knew that room wouldn’t be used by the middle school students at PRMS,” explained secretary-treasurer Cam McIntyre.
“We hope to eventually have the hoist moved back to Charles Hays, but there are some renovations that have to be done there first so it all fits safely,” added superintendent Lynn Hauptman.
The result is that students taking the automotive programs will have to make the trek to PRMS. However, Hauptman said that it is a similar situation with students in the band program, as the band room at PRMS is still being used to house music education.