03/26/2014 10:30 EDT | Updated 05/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Trustees' vote moves wrecker's ball closer to historic Regina school

REGINA - The bell will ring for the last time this June at a Regina school that's been around for more than a century but is now deemed unsafe.

The city's Public School Board voted 5-2 Tuesday night to shut down 102-year-old Connaught Community School and temporarily move students and staff to another school until a replacement is built.

Prior to the vote, trustees heard five presentations from parents and community members who argued that Connaught should be renovated and saved.

Some called for an independent third party to evaluate the structural integrity of the building and one trustee moved that Connaught be kept open for another year while an alternative to closure is sought, but the motion was defeated.

The board was told by engineers last month that Connaught has significant structural damage and is on the verge of collapse.

The classes will be transferred to Wascana Community School, which will undergo $1.14 million worth of renovations before September to accommodate the extra students. (CJME)