Premier Andrew Fahie has assured that the construction of new Elmore Stoutt High School buildings will begin by 2020.
He made this announcement at the contract signing ceremony for the restoration of the school’s L-shape building at its Road Town campus last week.
“Mark my words, even if I dig and shovel myself and build the foundation … we will get this school started next year,” the Premier said.
Fahie, who is also Minister of Finance, said the building process will begin once a budget for the total cost to construct the new school is decided.
“Bring me the total amount. My job is to find the money and find it I shall … As soon as I know that amount, we will source it and start this project because it is necessary. It is overdue and I am guaranteeing here that we will get it done” Fahie said.
He also welcomed donors to contribute whatever they can towards the project.
“This project is not just a project for me as Minister of Finance or the Deputy Premier and Minister of Education or the government of the day. This project is a project for the people of the Virgin Islands. So anybody out there listening … just have $20 million put aside in your pocketbook to come forward and donate for this project. It may be a little less, but get that in case we may need any extra to go towards any other school and bring it there by the Project Management Unit of the Ministry of Finance and we will deal with it from there” the Premier said.
Discussing concepts for the new school
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said he now plans to gather all local stakeholders to discuss the concepts for the new school.
“I have some very firm ideas in terms of what I would like to see but I want to speak to the administrators, I want to speak to the teachers, I want to speak to the principals, I want to speak to the parents, I want to speak to the students and ensure that we have a concept that can help firmly establish our education system going into the future” he said.
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