Warm water, circulating through pipes in the floor,
heated the rooms. During inclement weather, when foot ware
needed to be left at the back of the room, where the coat
hangers were located, students remained in "sock feet".
Most students did not own (or need) extra shoes for school.
located on the outside reduced the amount of hall cleaning
maintenance considerably. However, the beautifully polished
floors were a great temptation to students in "sock feet".
Even the most well behaved students could not resist
trying out a "slide down the hall" - just once.
The Grade 1
rooms, at the east end, even had toilets. All rooms had
sinks. Book shelves lined the window side of each room,
where the radiators are now located. Newspaper reports
at the time reported the school as having eight classrooms,
one kindergarten, and one playroom under the kindergarten.
In 1952, the estimated cost for building the new school
was $125 000. Huffman Contracting won the bid to build
the school for a cost of $219 317. The final cost was closer
to $250 000, which was the average cost for building a
school like this in Ontario at this time. Charlie Huffman,
who was also a school trustee, stated that he would, ".
. . lean over backwards to save the taxpayers money." [Peterborough
Examiner, May 13, 1952 - with signing photo]