Anonymous Complaint Leads To Unsafe Building Conditions Report At Sacred Heart

By Rosalind Russell – The Espanola town inspector has several serious concerns about Sacred Heart School, which is housed in the former AB Ellis Public School in Espanola.
In a letter to parents issued Thursday afternoon, May 24th, school principal, Syndy Withers states the Huron Superior and Rainbow school boards are aware parents may have heard reports that orders of an unsafe building were issued by the inspector.
The orders were issued in response to an anonymous complaint, which led to the town inspecting the site on May 2nd.
Withers states they are working closely with the owner of the building, the Rainbow Board, to ensure there is no danger to students or staff.
She adds to date they have had two air quality tests and there are no mould spores present.
Those tests were carried out in late winter.
She adds also fire inspections have been completed and water lines are flushed daily.
Still with the story, the town wants several studies done including complete structural, mechanical, engineering and architectural reports.
Rose Burton Spohn, the Director of Education for the Huron Superior Catholic School Board says the board wants to talk directly to Espanola building inspector, Dan Rivet, as to his concerns about the condition of Sacred Heart School, which is housed in the former AB Ellis Public School.
She says the board was somewhat puzzled to receive orders from the Espanola building inspector when they have carried out testing over the last year on water, electrical and air.
She says safety is their priority.
She says they need to talk to the inspector to get more information before any further action can be considered.
She is encouraging parents to contact the school if they have any concerns.
Meanwhile, the Rainbow District School Board didn’t have much to say about the unsafe school findings.
While a new school is being built in Espanola, Sacred Heart is leasing the property for at least the next two years.
The Rainbow Board owns the building and Director of Education, Norm Blaseg, says the board has a lease agreement with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board for the use of the building.
He adds, the board will abide by the lease agreement and will continue to dialogue directly with senior staff from the Huron-Superior Catholic board.
The town has yet to respond to inquiries about the inspector’s findings.

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