By Tim Kalinowski
The community of Schuler held a well attended open house last Monday evening which revealed, much to the awe of local residents, the shape and design of the new Schuler School set to begin construction later this fall. The 21st century design concept school is truly a marvel, said school principal Jason Duchscherer.
“The most excitement would be in the fact that it really is a 21st century learning facility and community centre. There is a very nice gym. It’s about 430 metres squared with a sliding glass wall that can open up into the learning commons area. The front entrance learning commons is beautiful. There are sky-lights around the top to allow lots of natural light. Lots of wood fixtures so it gives it a very natural and peaceful look. It’s going to be quite amazing actually,” said an enthusiastic Duchscherer last week.
Duchscherer says the new school will provide students with an unparalleled education experience and meet the needs of the community for decades to come.
“They are right-sizing the school. So what that means is we have an enrollment of roughly 70 students, and this new school is going to be built to hold a capacity of 125 students. Our school right now can hold well over that. So the new school is going to be wonderful, but it is going to be smaller. That being said the school is going be high tech, ultra-modern and our gym is going to be twice the size it is now.”
Duchscherer said there was a common reaction he noticed among all the community members who attended the open house last Monday: Astonishment.
“They were amazed. ‘Shocked’ is almost the word,” confirmed Duchscherer. “To be a small community and getting this kind of building is unbelievable. The excitement is growing and the anticipation is growing. I just think people still find it hard to believe.”
If all goes well in the construction phase, Duchscherer hoped Schuler students would move into the new school by fall of 2016.
“This year coming up will be our last year in the current school. So, basically, a year from now they will be hopefully be having the completion of our new school,” said Duchscherer