The Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary School on Virgin Gorda is set to receive a massive upgrade in time for the 2018/2019 academic year in September.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, David Johnson of the Oil Nut Bay North Sound Foundation announced that he is funding the entire reconstruction project.
Upon completion, the fully-functional, upscale smart school will be air-conditioned, equipped with a backup battery system, solar energy, a covered courtyard, and a concrete roof.
During last year’s hurricanes, the school lost portions of its roof, windows, doors, and furniture.
“What we are going to build is critical because it’s not just putting it [the school] back together,” Johnson said.
“It is designing and building a school that can stand the test of time.”
Teacher’s wish list fulfilled
According to Johnson, the school will be everything the teachers of the school hoped for.
“It went 30 percent over the budget by the time we get the wish list but if we are going to do it we better go all the way to fulfil the wish list,” he said.
The exact costing of the project was not revealed.
Meanwhile, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, Education Minister Myron Walwyn, District Representative Dr Hubert O’Neal were some of the dignitaries who also delivered brief remarks.
They all thanked the foundation for their ‘community spiritedness’ and delivering on the promise of giving back to Virgin Gorda, which is located in the Ninth Electoral District.
“We see this collaboration as an essential part of our rebuilding process,” Premier Smith said.
According to the country’s leader, the gesture marks an important moment in the history of the territory.
Creative Group BVI is undertaking reconstruction work.
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