As time elapses further into the academic year, repairs are yet to begin on the L-shaped building at the hurricane-ravaged Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) campus in Road Town.
Cabinet, however, has decided to waive the tendering process required to secure management services for restoration works to be done on the said building.
The contract has been awarded to SA Architect at a cost not exceeding $132,142.45. SA Architect is the firm that was hired to provide contract management services for the perimeter wall around ESHS.
According to Cabinet’s release of its October 25 decisions, the tendering process was waived “due to the familiarity with, and urgency of the project”.
Senior ESHS students were first promised that they were going to relocate to the Road Town campus by the start of the new academic year which began in September.
That date was missed due ‘time-consuming technical procedures’ that reportedly had to be addressed before the education ministry could have moved on with actual work to the school.
Education Minister Myron Walwyn has said the project is slated to be completed within the school year’s first term which ends around mid-December.
Residents, students, and educators have remained anxious for the facility to be repaired.
The 2017 hurricanes destroyed the school’s electrical system and panels, and wiring. Lights and fixtures will also need replacing on all four floors of the L-shaped building before it becomes student-ready. The is also some infrastructural works to be done.
The Caribbean Development Bank is funding repairs to the facility.
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