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Future of Stuart Wood landmark could include TRU

Thompson Rivers University is looking at using the Stuart Wood building after the school district vacates the building in 2016.

KAMLOOPS - Thompson Rivers University is interested in the historic Stuart Wood Elementary School in downtown Kamloops.

The City and university have signed an agreement to look at the possible future uses of the school, which is set to be turned back over to the city in September 2016 after students and staff are head over to the Beattie School of Arts McGill campus in Lower Sahali.

The school district, which leases the building from the city, began looking at options for the aging school about a year ago. After consultations with the public and staff, the school board decided to shut down the downtown school as part of an overall realignment within the district.

Now the university is interested in the building.

“This is the beginning of a process where we will have a chance to examine the building, consult with our students, faculty and staff and look at the possible academic uses of this facility,” TRU President Alan Shaver says. “This will give us a chance to see if there is a fit for us in this Kamloops landmark.”

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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