IHS in Alberni wants school gear

Alberni's Industrial Heritage Society wants first dibs on equipment left if the old ADSS is torn down next year.

The high school building on Burde Street isn’t down yet and one local group is already making a play for some of its infrastructure.

In a letter to School District 70 trustees, Industrial Heritage Society president Gary Murton expressed an interest in obtaining the auditorium chairs and public address system, a metal shelter as well as surplus lathes, saws and other equipment once the high school moves into the new Roger Street facility.

The equipment would be used at the IHS’s heritage centre (old ice arena) and McLean Mill, where there are plans to build a theatre.

The society is short on money but long on volunteerism and could muster the manpower to move anything SD 70 can give them, Murton wrote.

The old high school will be vacated and students will move to the new school on Roger Street next September.

At previous meetings of SD 70 trustees, secretary treasurer Jerry Linning reported that the old building and property are subject to an extensive public consultation process before a decision is made about their fate.

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