A much needed modernization for Ponoka Christian School will be done before kids and staff go back this fall.
Dennis Haan, committee chair for the renovation project, explained the project encompasses nearly every part of the school with the exception of the gymnasium.
“It’s been about 30 years and there were a number of things to do to improve safety and perform various upgrades,” Haan stated.
A big part of the project is the expansion to the front entrance area, more than doubling the space available.
“The old area didn’t provide good sight lines, so you couldn’t tell who was coming in or leaving,” he said.
“The new expansion has that ability while also providing more space and offices for administration, a proper staff room and a kitchen.”
Haan added that work on expanding the library and storage, with an addition to the gymnasium are being done along with various upgrades throughout the rest of the school.
“All of the classrooms and hallways are being renovated with new flooring, lighting and paint,” he said.
This work would be major in scale for a school division, let alone for a school that is operated by a society.
“When the society approved the project back in May, it had to basically be done over summer vacation,” Haan stated.
“It began in mid-June with no drawings and it is expected to be done by Aug. 26. Although, everyone has been amazing at getting the work done that we may be done a bit sooner.”