Keepsake CD offered as new school goes up

Decades of history are being offered up by an Enderby school.

M.V. Beattie Elementary is selling a CD that presents a pictorial history of the school from the early 1900s to the current construction of a new building.

“We want people to have a keepsake,” said principal Carl Cooper.

“It’s a transition from the old school to the new school. We want to honour our heritage.”

Parts of the current school were built in 1914, with the last of several additions completed in 1970.

The photos on the CD were originally compiled for Beattie’s Christmas concert.

Word spread about the presentation and soon there were demands from parents and residents to have their own copy. It’s been hard to keep the CD in stock.

“Almost every night I burn about 10 more and they don’t last long,” said Cooper.

Cooper recently presented a copy of the CD to the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District board.

The new $12.9 million school is expected to be completed and ready for classes this fall.

“The crews are almost done putting up the trusses,” said Cooper, adding that every stage of development is being preserved for future generations.

“We are taking photos constantly as construction occurs.”

The building will be located at the southeast corner of the existing property and it will accommodate 275 students. 

There will also be a 245-square-metre neighbourhood learning centre, as well as space for the school’s existing StrongStart early learning centre.

Copies of the CD are available for $2 from M.V. Beattie Elementary.