Permit approved for CM Finch portable, no date for installation in sight

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After receiving the school board’s application for a permit on August 12th, the city has finally approved the permit – so the school board is now one step closer to installing the long-awaited portable.

“The portable is needed; Finch was totally full last year,” said School Board Chair Jaret Thompson. “We needed more room for students and we were planning on putting a portable in, sort of waiting to see what happened until the end of the last school year.”

The school district was hoping to have the job done as summer rolled in; however, regulations instated in 2007 require an architect on all school buildings. The original plan lacked an architect, and thus, was delayed.

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This delay was discussed in the school board meeting on August 31st.

The city did, however, approve the permit for this portable on the 16th, as the school board stated in a meeting last night.

Minor adjustments are taking place in the design, and it’s currently unknown when the school will be getting their portable installed.

The city of Fort St. John has been reached for a comment, and and update will be made with any more information.

Edit: The city says work can begin to install the portable, and a final inspection will be conducted once it is done.

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