Armstrong's Pleasant Valley Secondary School to get new $16-million gymnasium

New gym for PVSS

Armstrong's Pleasant Valley Secondary School will be getting a new gymnasium.

The school has been operating without a gym since last year, and the province has now approved $15.85 million in funding for a new facility.

In May 2021, then School District 83 Supt. Peter Jory said renovations to the gym “hit a major snag.”

Jory said work to retrofit the gym revealed fire damage from the 1970s was not finished properly and would have to be fixed.

The new gym will be constructed according to LEED Gold standards and will include energy-efficient design elements. In addition, it will be built with non-combustible exterior materials to make the building more climate resilient and better able to withstand a wildfire.

The new gym will also be available for use by the community.

“The (school) board is very pleased that the PVSS gym replacement is being prioritized by the Ministry of Education and Child Care,” said Tennile Lachmuch, vice-chair of the board of education for the North Okanagan-Shuswap school district.

“The closure of the gym has been a loss for both students and the broader community, as school gyms play an important role in rural communities. The board is very grateful to the City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen for providing alternative indoor spaces for students during the closure. It will be a day of celebration to have students from Armstrong, Spallumcheen and Falkland return to an innovative and modern gym. We appreciate the ministry’s support of this renewed physical literacy learning space.”

The province is providing $15.85 million, with SD 83 contributing an additional $615,000.

Students are currently being bused to nearby city-owned facilities for PE classes, and to other nearby school gyms for team sports. The old gym will be demolished this summer and construction will begin in winter 2023.

The new gym is expected to be ready for students in winter 2024.

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