Nearly two months after local firm SA Architect was selected to manage restoration works that will happen on the L-shaped building at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) campus in Road Town, a tendering process is being opened for actual rehabilitation works to begin on the said structure.
This tendering process will not close till January 22 next year. This late-January date nears the half-way mark into the second term (Lent Term) of the academic year.
With works on the school set to begin that far into the Lent Term, the building may very well not be ready to accept senior students before the next academic year; contrary to initial promises that the structure would have been ready by the end of this first school term.
This, inevitably, means senior students and teachers will spend a considerably longer-than-hoped time at the ad hoc ESHS campus at the old CTL building in Pasea Estate, Tortola.
Noise issues, inadequate restroom facilities
The makeshift school facility — which operates on a shift system — is afflicted with inadequate restroom facilities and walls that unfavourably carry sound throughout all corners of the building.
“The facility is not the ideal facility so I’m certain that there would be complaints up there,” Education Minister Myron Walwyn told BVI News when asked if he has received reports of discomfort from teachers or students.
“The thing is, there isn’t much room for expansion or anything at this point and that is why it is important to try to move to get the old campus restored as quickly as possible. If we could have gotten the original campus done before, it would have been done so I’m just asking for them (teachers and students) to have a bit more patience with us. As they can see, things are moving along and hopefully the situation will be alleviated,” he added.
The ESHS rehabilitation project saw a massive delay in light of the procedural ‘red tape’ from the Caribbean Development Bank, which is lending the funds needed to repair the facility.
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.
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