Plans are well underway for a land swap between the Magistrate’s Court in John’s Hole and a local special needs school on Tortola, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has said.
The minister said the decision to swap the lands followed a tour of a United Kingdom-based school in January this year.
“I am excited about a land swap between the Magistrate’s Court and Eslyn Henley [Richiez Learning Centre’s] current location; facilitated by the Minister of Lands as well as Cabinet,” Dr Wheatley said while speaking at the opening ceremony for Education Week on Sunday.
He continued: “This swap will place Eslyn Henley closer to Althea Scatliffe and allow them to share resources, such as the school playground.”
While Dr Wheatley did not go into further details, he said an architect is currently ‘re-designing’ the Learning Centre which just recently celebrated its 47th anniversary of existence.
The students at Eslyn Henley have been based at Althea Scatliffe Primary since hurricanes Irma and Maria affected the special needs school.
On the other hand, the Magistrate’s Court facility, which was also affected during the hurricanes, is now operating from a semi-permanent structure at it’s usual John’s Hole address.
Notably, ecessive noise from the nearby Althea Scatliffe Primary has always affected proceedings at the court.
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