West Saanich School to get new doors

The current doors are not wide enough to meet accessibility standards.

  • Feb. 10, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The West Saanich School Heritage Schoolhouse will soon be getting a new set of doors to improve accessibility to the building.

Wayne Watkins, a committee member of the Brentwood Bay Old School Hall Society, approached the Central Saanich council on Monday, Feb. 2 to request funding for the project, which has been estimated to cost $8,000 for the retrofit of the new door, framework, hardware and lock.

Watkins said the Society does not have the funds available after contributing $9,000 to build the accessibility ramp that was installed at the west side of the building last year.

The doors, which sit at the top of the accessibility ramp, are not wide enough to meet accessibility standards.

Currently, Watkins said anyone who is mobility challenged has to wait for other people to enter the building through the main entrance, and then open the west doors from the inside.

Council approved the application, with the caveat that the Brentwood Bay Old School Hall Society also explore opportunities for funding through community partners or grants to potentially lessen the cost to the District.

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