Junior high school set to open in 2014

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CBC News Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:40 PM NT Last Updated: Feb 7, 2013 1:35 PM NT

The former Regina High School in Corner Brook is about to undergo a major renovation.

The Western School District is turning the structure into a junior high school.

Education director Ross Elliott said the school will accommodate 700 students who will come from GC Rowe and Presentation Junior High schools.

Elliott said the building’s cornerstone — a target of vandalism — will be removed.

The stone was laid by former Roman Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey who was convicted of child pornography charges in 2012.

Elliott said the stone, which bears Lahey’s name, is not in the plans for the new school.

“There will be a significant changes I should say in the front, in the entrance of the building,” said Elliott. “To make that entrance compatible with our security needs and our Safe and Caring Schools initiatives, in that process the cornerstone will be removed.”

Eliott said the biggest piece of the project is a new gymnasium. He added the old gym space will be converted into several different areas including a music room, drama room and multi-purpose area.

Construction is due to begin this spring, and the building is expected to open in 2014.

3 Responses to Junior high school set to open in 2014

  1. Sylvia says:

    Good news for all of you Catholics in the Corner Brook area. The corner stone bearing the name of our convicted and disgraced former bishop Raymond Lahey will be gone. Whether it’s because the stone was being vandalized or not, at the end of the day the right thing is being done.

    Now if we get our bishops to remove all the hymnals bearing this man’s ditties and name!

    By the way, has anyone heard a word about Raymond Lahey? Where did he go?

    • MS says:

      I agree, Sylvia.
      I wrote head office in Ottawa more than a year ago and asked them to remove Lahey’s name from the hymnals. Change is slow. He also had contributed verses to a few songs. It may not be removed.
      I haven’t heard a squeak about Lahey’s whereabouts. Priests will say they have no idea where he is. He’s probably a chaplin somewhere in another country like – Thailand? that wouldn’t be a stretch. He’d be right at home.

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