Construction project will thwart safety concerns at high school

A small construction job is underway at Penticton Secondary School to close off a hiding place that prompted safety concerns.

A small construction job is underway at Penticton Secondary School to close off a hiding place that prompted safety concerns.

Workers are pouring a new concrete wall near the auto shop that will create more storage space and also eliminate a small alcove.

Okanagan Skaha School District superintendent Wendy Hyer said the hideaway became a hangout for drug users and at least one homeless person, “so it was a safety issue for our kids.”

“When they designed the building, it was obviously an oversight to have that nook and cranny, so it’s just putting a wall up there to eliminate that, but also address the needs of the shop classes that needed some storage,” Hyer said.

School district secretary-treasurer Ron Shongrunden was not immediately able to provide an exact figure, but said the work will cost about $300,000.