REPORT ON PROGRESS
On October 9, 2007; the Poplar Hill School Capital Study Committee met in Poplar Hill to review the final draft of School Capital Study documents, as prepared by AGB Architects of Winnipeg.
Peter Campbell, Manager, Keewaytinook Okimakanak Public Works/Technical Advisory Services and Andrew Bickford of AGB Architects presented the draft document for final review and comments from the working committee.
Final revisions are to be made and submission to INAC is set for October 31, 2007. The School Capital Study is submitted as application for "Preliminary Project Approval" for the New School Project.
The School Capital Study was initiated by Poplar Hill Chief & Council, and support came from INAC by way of letter dated May 15, 2006 "Non-Core Minor Capital Approval". The funding allowed Poplar Hill First Nation to proceed with hiring of a consultant to help in the preparation of the school study documents and applications for Preliminary Project Approval.
The first meeting was held May 31, 2007; to "start-off" the School Study Committee, with Mario Wassaykeesic appointed as Chairperson of the committee.
The second meeting was held June 15, 2007; to present information from AGB Architects regarding procedures, information requirements and enrollment projects.
The enrollment projects were submitted to INAC on August 13, 2007, with a reply supporting the projections was forwarded October 26, 2007.
The third School Studay Committee meeting was held November 7, 2007; to discuss the future school requirements, project progress and existing school building conditions.
Community member surveys were completed, regarding school location and complied by February 2007.
By April, the "Assessment re Existing Buildings" reports were complete, and site survey and soil testing of the new site were scheduled for April 27, 2007; at which time a forth Committee meeting was held.
Interim drafts of the School Capital Study were handed over for review
July 9, 2007 and final draft review and presentation meeting was held
October 9, 2007.
Once submissions are made to INAC, and upon their review, INAC will forward a letter of support. This letter of support will in turn allow Poplar Hill First Nation to proceed with the advertising for and hiring of architects and engineers for the planning of the New School project.
At this stage the new school construction start is tentatively set for
2009 / 2010.
Jerry Pokrupa, Architectural Technologist,
Technical Advisory Services