SD 59 has half a million dollars to upgrade Unchagah Hall.
The fifty-year-old building will see improvements made over the next 7 to 8 months, according to SD 59 officials. The project includes new theatre seating for the 600 plus auditorium, replacing the seating that was installed at the building’s inception.
The access ramp to and from DCSS and Unchagah Hall has a stairway and requires a code conforming ramp be constructed so students and patrons with mobility issues have easy access, while bathrooms for Unchagah Hall were built prior to accessibility being a construction requirement.
The project will be funded through a $250,000 community gaming grant secured by the DCSS PAC, which the school district agreed to match.
“We’ve been struggling with how to upgrade Unchagah Hall for a long time, because just the cost of the chairs is around $250,000 — just to replace the chairs,” says SD 59 superintendent Candace Clouthier.
“And then of course we wanted to upgrade to try to be more accomodating, more wheelchair accessibility. And then we have other things we want to do. It all has to do with entrance and access.”