WESTVILLE –The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will be sending its own letter to the Town of Westville regarding the state of Highland Middle School.
School board members recently met for committee of the whole and its operations committee acknowledged it received a letter from the Town of Westville stating it would not accept Highland Middle School unless certain repairs were done to the building, said school board communications manager Debbie Buott-Matheson.
She said the operations committee would be sending a letter to the town in response to their request, but it did not elaborate on what it would say to the town.
Last month, Westville town councillors said they would not accept the keys to the building unless certain standards were met. Students were taken out of the middle school in the spring of 2012 after staff and students complained about an odour that was making them ill.
The board had hired specialists to investigate the cause of the odour in January 2012, but they were unable to pinpoint a specific cause. A final report indicates the majority of the odour is coming from the roof. The roof had been repaired many times and some of the debris from the work was causing some foul smells. There were also water-damaged and stained ceiling tiles and drywall around the windows and mould was identified in the outside wall cavity in one area of the building. Inspectors also found some sewer gas leaking from the pipe chase near the janitors closet and recycling bins were constructed of wood that wasn’t suitable material to prevent mould growth.
The students and staff were transferred to Dr. W.A. MacLeod School on a temporary basis. The board decided earlier this year that they would remain there and MacLeod School would undergo multi-million dollar of renovations to better accommodate the extra people.
Since school board no longer needs the Westville building, it cleaned out all of its supplies and intended to return the keys to the owner, which is the Town of Westville.