New Spring Park school springs a leak

Ryan Ross
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Kids at Spring Park Elementary School pour out of the school and get on buses for the journey home for the Christmas break. Officials are investigating leaks at the school.

Less than a year after it opened, the new Spring Park Elementary School in Charlottetown has sprung several leaks in its roof.

John Cummings, a spokesman for the English Language School Board, said maintenance staff and the Infrastructure Renewal Department will be investigating what caused the leaks.

"That's going to unfold over the next week or two," he said.

The new $10 million school welcomed students in April after the old building was torn down because of mould problems.

As for the extent of the leaks, Cummings said some ceiling tiles were spotted while others were wet and had to be removed.

Cummings said there were a few spots around the school with leaks, including outside the gym.

When asked what he thought about the roof leaking on a new building, Cummings said it was too early to comment because the investigation was still underway.

"From preliminary looking at it the folks don't think it's anything of significant problem, yet it's too early to say what the cause is."

The leaks didn't cause any disruption to classes.

Alan Maynard, a spokesman for the Infrastructure Renewal Department, said the province is pursuing the contractor for the roof under a one-year warranty to repair it.

"It's highly unusual. We don't generally have a brand new building with a roof leak," he said.

That contractor is Flynn Canada Ltd. out of New Brunswick.

Maynard said department staff don't know yet what caused the leak, in part because there was still a lot of snow and ice on the roof.

"We can't say for sure what it is," he said.

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Organizations: Infrastructure Renewal Department, Spring Park Elementary School, English Language School Board Flynn Canada

Geographic location: Spring Park, Charlottetown, New Brunswick.Maynard

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  • Fed up
    January 17, 2014 - 08:14

    Must have been great carpenters and roofers. Probably same ones who did our drains and downspouts....water runs to centre, not the downspout! The leaks start....

  • w kennedy
    January 16, 2014 - 23:36

    You can stop the dripping noise and control where the water goes by attaching a length of cotton string with a weight on bottom end to direct the drips into a container. This acts as a wick and can travel at steep angles ...fun to do at home too.