NANTON: There is no damage estimate yet but, it's fortunate there were no injuries
when gale force winds ripped the roof off a school in Nanton Wednesday morning.
Just after 10-am, winds exceeding 100-kmph peeled off a portion of the J-T
Foster high school roof and left it straddling the school shop building.
Steven Harris, Assistant to the Superintendent of the Livingstone Range
School Division, told Country-95 News that students and staff were evacuated to
an adjacent school at about 10:20. He noted, "Emergency response staff were on
scene immediately and the Fire Chief determined that students would not be able
to return to High school classes for the day". Busses were called back to take
rural students home.
Harris noted structural engineers from Calgary were called in to inspect the
building. At this point, the building's roof is sound but the continuing wind
will keep students out of the school until at least Monday.
On Wednesday afternoon, a statement was released by J. T. Foster Principal,
The structural integrity of the building (J. T. Foster
High school) has not been compromised based on an assessment completed by
structural engineers. Due to high winds, the FBS membrane which was installed
over the school gym this past summer, became detached. This is equivalent to
losing shingles off the roof of a house. Structurally the roof is
Other parts of the roof which haven't yet been affected are
currently being monitored. Preventative measures and roof repairs cannot be
completed until the wind dies down. Roofers are on site, however, there are
limited options in the current conditions.
J. T. Foster School will not
be open for classes on Thursday, November 24, 2011 to allow time for repairs. A.
B. Daley School will not be affected.
Friday, November 25, 2011 has
already been identified as a professional development day in the Nanton
community. Barring unforeseen circumstances, classes for students who attend J.
T. Foster will resume on Monday, November 28, 2011. Updates will be posted on
the school and jurisdiction's websites.