Vendor approved for four playground projects in Catholic Division

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The Prince Albert Roman Catholic School Division has found a vendor for four new playgrounds they expect to install this fall.

Those are among several improvements to all schools the division plans to complete before winter. Trustees received an update about the improvements at their regular meeting on Monday.

Director of education Lorel Trumier said that the situation had since updated on Thursday.

“We expect our playgrounds are going to be installed the third week of October somewhere in there depending on weather, of course. We are pumped,”

The division recently completed an audit of all playgrounds. The Request for Proposals (RFP) was for new playgrounds at Ecole St. Anne, St. Francis School, St. John Community School and St. Catherine Catholic School.

During the meeting Chief Financial Officer Greg McEwen updated the board on the four playgrounds. He explained that the RFP was closed on August 19.

The division received proposals from seven different suppliers, each with at least one design. After administration reviewed the proposals they selected Madera Playscapes (Blue Imp) as the supplier for all four playgrounds.

“We had a great response to the RFP there were seven companies and several designs. There is a design that topped all projects and so we are looking forward to having them come to our schools,” Trumier said.

The update during the meeting said that administration has commenced planning and the goal was for completion by Oct. 31.

The other elementary schools, Ecole Holy Cross and St. Michael Community School will see the gymnasium floors replaced. Trumier said she also received an update Thursday on these proects.

“Our two gym floors will be cured and ready for use on September 13. I know our schools are pumped about getting in to use the gym floors. It was overdue. It was time that we needed to look at that, and I think it’s a beautiful environment for our students to play and enjoy, so I am very grateful that our board has moved forward on these special projects,” she said.

At Ecole St. Mary High School the project was a purchase of more student tables for the cafeteria for more space for eating and new curtains were installed in the lecture theatre to support the performing arts program.

All of these projects are being used so all students can have benefits according to Trumier in an earlier interview.