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1960: 1960 - Oyama School Changes and Renovations

The sixties was a decade of gradual transition for Oyama School. The population of the school increased dramatically. By 1962 a portable classroom was added for the grade six and seven classes. The basement room was divided into a library, nurse’s room and an office. A new classroom was constructed in the basement.

In 1963, the grade seven students were bussed to Winfield Elementary School and the portable was removed. A strong Parent-Teacher Association convinced the Board to improve plumbing, heating, fire escapes and the basement.

In 1969, a fire started in the janitor’s room but a quick response from the Oyama Fire Department contained the fire in the basement.

Source: “The Histories of Winfield, Oyama, Okanagan Centre and the Commonage Schools.”

See also: 1905, 1910, 1915, 1935, 1945, 1955, 1970, 1975, and 2000.