.Old school no more. Pontiac High School will get some major renovations this summer including demolition and reconstruction of the auditorium and 10 classrooms, rearranging the front entrance and administrative office as well as upgrades to the music room.
“This is wonderful news for our school and our community,” said school principal Debra Stephens during her welcome speech at the 2019 orientation on May 2. “With the upcoming renovations, our new library and upgrades to the auditorium sound and lighting, the school is taking on a modern new look.”
“This is wonderful news for our school and our community,”
Demolition to the auditorium will begin on June 10 and the work on the lower classrooms is slated to begin as soon as exams are finished. “The main reason we are renovating the classrooms is to improve the heating system and the lightning,” reported Pascal Proulx, Director of Building and Technology with the Western Quebec School Board (WQSB). It will also create more space for downstairs classrooms when the computer labs are moved upstairs behind the library. A Grad Lounge and new lockers will be installed in the summer of 2020.
The auditorium has already seen a number of upgrades this year courtesy of the community and a very active fundraising committee. A new lighting system was installed in December 2018 a giant screen and surround system was installed in April 2018. This summer will see the installation of the upgraded auditorium seating purchased individually by alumni and community members.
The main entrance will be renovated moving the reception desk closer to the door and a reconfiguration of the administrative offices in behind, including the principal’s office. “Renovations to the main entrance will help to control visitor access and student traffic,” said Proulx in an email.
Currently out for tender, the work is to be completed by August 23. “Fingers crossed,” said an optimistic Stephens as she enthused, “hopefully next time you visit, you will be sitting in much more comfortable chairs.”