By Kamal Haynes, BVI News Staff
The jarring buzz of noisy classrooms in chaotic unison was usually the first thing to notice whenever someone stepped into the former CTL building in Pasea Estate during school hours.
But since undergoing refurbishments, the noise in that building — which is temporarily housing senior students of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) — has dramatically reduced.
Pastoral Principal Donna Clyne-Thomas told BVI News the noise was extremely loud because of the open classroom ceilings.
“No noise now. If you go from zero to 10 on a scale without the ceilings, it was above 10. And with the ceilings now, we are at negative zero,” Clyne-Thomas explained as she played a recording of what inside the building sounded like before the repairs.
Overall conditions of the building improved
Clyne-Thomas also said the overall conditions of the building have considerably improved; making it a better environment for both students and teachers to operate.
“Every hole has been repaired with plywood and not sheetrock. Every ceiling has been covered, every bathroom has been facelifted, painted, the dispensers and everything is working, every classroom has a brand new door with a brand new lock and its painted in royal blue. Every wall is painted in the school colour — gold. All desks that are in the rooms have been repaired, the air conditioning is booming and all exit signs have been fitted,” the please administrator said.
Along with having walls that unfavourably carried sound throughout all corners of the building in previous years, the makeshift school facility — which operated on a shift system — was also afflicted with inadequate restroom facilities.
The problems were addressed after the Recovery & Development Agency had awarded a $245,848.80 contract to DE Property Development to renovate of the building.
In the meantime, junior ESHS students are now housed inside the freshly-renovated L-shaped building at the school’s original Road Town campus.
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