06/24/2014 10:58 EDT | Updated 08/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Regina city council rejects last-ditch attempt to save old school

REGINA - Regina city council has voted against heritage status for a century-old school that's currently facing the wrecker's ball.

Several delegations told council at a Monday meeting that Connaught (kuh-NAHT') Community School should be declared a historic site, but the proposal was rejected by a margin of eight to two.

Mayor Michael Fougere (foo-ZHAYR') says the outcome was based on the Regina Public School Board's recommendation to tear down the 102-year-old structure because it's no longer safe.

The board, which owns the building, was told by engineers earlier this year that Connaught has significant structural damage and is on the verge of collapse.

Trustees voted 5-2 in late March to close the facility at the end of this school year and move students and staff to another school until a replacement is built.

Susanne Ardt, whose children went to Connaught, says the board's refusal to get a second engineering opinion shows trustees don't want to gain any new knowledge about the issue. (CKRM)