Nfld. & Labrador

Labrador school closed by partial ceiling collapse

School is out in Charlottetown, Labrador, after damage to William Gillett Academy's roof sent water pouring into the building Monday.

Deputy mayor of Charlottetown says new building needed to replacing aging facility in town

Ceiling damage at William Gillett Academy in Charlottetown, Labrador, has resulted in the school being closed.

School is out in Charlottetown, Labrador, after damage to William Gillett Academy's roof sent water pouring into the building Monday.

"The ceiling has [fallen] in in a number of places in the school, including the boys’ washroom, the principal’s office, the computer room," said Lisa Dempster, who is on the William Gillett Academy school council.

Residents of Charlottetown want a new school to replace the current aging one, which has been closed by water damage.

Dempster also serves as deputy mayor of Charlottetown.

No one was hurt, but the school is expected to remain closed for now.

It happened while class was in session. As water poured in — flooding rooms and damaging equipment — the children were rushed outside.

William Gillett Academy started as a one-room school, built almost 50 years ago. The roof collapse is the latest in a series of woes, including an oil spill in the basement. Dempster says mould problems are also suspected.

"Our kids [have] got to sit in a sub-standard school like this? Unacceptable," she said.

Before the partial collapse the province had offered to build a new roof.

But Dempster says the council rejected it. She says what the community needs is an entirely new school.

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