Contractors interested in bidding on the full range of construction and servicing phases for the Kitsumkalum First Nation’s school construction project have been invited to a site visit Jan. 26.
The 1,188 square metre (12,800 square foot) single-story wood frame building for the ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School is to be built on a section of cleared land alongside the West Kalum Forest Service Road not far from its intersection with Hwy 16.
It will replace replace aged and inadequate structures now occupied along Spokechute Rd. where Kitsumkalum’s other public sector services are located.
The K-12 school is an independent and accredited facility where students graduate with provincial Dogwood status.
Efforts to secure financing, which was officially approved last fall, date back at least seven years.
The new location, which was cleared in preparation for eventual construction a year and a half ago, will include a bus loop in addition to parking and a circular playing field.
Students now study in separate but adjacent buildings connected by pathways, including Kitsumkalum’s former health centre, a building that once belonged to School District 82 and a portable.
Project bids must be submitted by Feb. 10.