This Thursday, December 15 could be D-Day for the old Hanna Primary School.
The Prairieland Regional School Division, which decided to shut down the old brick building once modernization of J.C. Charyk school was complete, is to rule on whether to demolish it or save it for some other purpose.
Sandra Beaudoin has been spearheading an effort to save Hanna Primary and turn it into multi-purpose office and shop space for community organizations.
"We've had many ideas come forward," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "We are just sharing ideas with the town to get them onside with not demolishing it."
One of the hurdles to overcome is a proposed penalty of $200,000 for cancelling the $1 million demolition contract, but Beaudoin has written the education minister asking the province to pick up the tab.
"To see if they would pay the...penalty that Prairieland School Division would be charged for breaking the demolition contract and allow PLRD to give us the school. That would leave $800,000 in their bank account to use elsewhere," she explained.
Beaudoin and her supporters are meeting with Hanna Town Council this evening (Dec. 13) to talk about how other communities have repurposed old public buildings. If you can help, contact her at 403-854-2699.
The Prairieland School Board has until this Thursday to decide whether to demolish the old school first built in 1928. Students from Hanna Primary will move over to J.C. Charyk on January 10, 2017.