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Nanton School Roof Blowing In The Wind -- Students Won't Return To Class Until Monday At Earliest

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, Peter Weeks:

Dear Parents,

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 sound.

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.

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 4/23/2014 4:35:38 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News / Photo credit to Sheena Read, Editor Nanton News
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