Westview School's Temporary Relocation to Radisson School
On the evening of Tuesday, March 1, 2022, a significant fire occurred at Westview School. The damage was extensive and school was cancelled for all students Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
Planning immediately took place to ensure students and staff can learn and work in a safe environment. Once again, Westview will temporarily move to Radisson School until restoration is complete and it is safe for students and staff to return to Westview.
Though we will have two schools in one building, your school community will remain intact. This means that each school will continue to function as a separate entity within one building.
Message from the Board of Trustees
A fire on March 1 caused extensive damage to Westview School on Hoka Street. There was considerable smoke, fire, water, and structural damage and, as a result, the students and staff at the school are moving to Radisson School on Winona Street for at least the remainder of the school year. No one was injured and the fire is considered accidental in nature.
"It is particularly disheartening because the students and staff had just returned from spending the fall temporarily housed at Radisson School while significant renovations were being done at Westview School," said Jerry Sodomlak, chair of the River East Transcona School Division board of trustees. "The Radisson School students and staff had been very welcoming of Westview School and again are prepared to open their doors to accommodate Westview."
The fire, along with water and smoke damage, destroyed virtually all contents in the school, including furniture, learning supplies, and personal items. For its temporary move in September, Westview took much of its own classroom furnishings and supplies. When Westview students and staff return to Radisson School on March 9, the division is arranging for essential items such as desks, chairs, and learning resources since there are none left to move from Westview. Repairs at Westview School will begin soon. Once we receive the official reports on damage to the school, then will we know the approximate timelines when students and staff will be returning to Westview.
The board of trustees acknowledges the commitment of Westview staff who, despite the physical and emotional disruption caused by the fire, are helping their students continue to learn. The students and their families also have shown considerable resilience in adjusting their school lives. The board of trustees is also appreciative of the Radisson School community for stepping up and welcoming back Westview. There are many people across the division who have made this situation their priority. We would like to thank everyone involved for helping during these trying times, the work of Craig McFeetors, director of maintenance, and his department deserves special mention as he steers the division in reparations to Westview School and helping accommodate Westview and Radisson in the interim.
Westview School has approximately 190 students in kindergarten to Grade 5 and more than 30 staff. There are approximately 195 students in kindergarten to Grade 5 and 32 staff at Radisson School.