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Bras d'Or Elementary to get new roof

SYDNEY — The Bras d'Or Elementary School roof will be replaced this fall, with the work expected to have minimal impact on students and staff.

The blue roof of Bras d'Or Elementary School is set to be replaced this fall. The roof is 25 years old, as the school was constructed in 1989.

Lewis MacDonald, co-ordinator of facilities management with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, said workers on site will work around the arrival and departure of students each day, and there will be minimal interuption during the school day.

"They're on the roof so there might be a little bit of noise but it really doesn't impact the school operation at all," he said. "We do lots of (roof replacements) and you almost don't even know that they're there. We have good success and a good track record."

A tender for the job of replacing the roof of the 38,000 square foot school went out earlier this month and a pre-bid/site meeting was held Sept. 8.

Tenders from qualified contractors must be submitted to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board by Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. MacDonald said the winning contractor will be announced soon after that date, as work is slated to begin soon.

Built in 1989, Bras d'Or Elementary is now 25 years old, which is the average life span of any school roof.

"That's right when you want to replace it," said MacDonald.

The work to replace the roof will take place throughout the fall and is expected to be completed by the end of November. There will be two parts to the project — the roof of the main school building, as well as the roof of the gym.

MacDonald said four other schools in the board had their roofs replaced earlier this year — Riverview High School in Sydney, Memorial High in Sydney Mines, St. Anne's Elementary in Glace Bay and Mountainview Elementary in Howie Centre.

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