Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Osmond Petty, confirmed that reconstruction work is to done on the verandah and roof of the East Classroom block at the school, and this should begin in the near future, following a request for bid documents which was sent out by the Ministry of Education on Wednesday30th March, 2011.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the block of the school was damaged and in need of repair to safeguard students, teachers and all concerned.
The Permanent Secretary said he expected the bidding process to be carried out expeditiously in light of the urgency of the current situation.
The work will include the demolition and reconstruction of an 800 square foot verandah floor and roof of a two-storey steel–framed building. Wooden doors and metal windows will also be replaced and the building repainted.
Also planned is the refurbishment of the floor and walls of an existing wood-framed, single-storey building on the same campus that will be used as an overflow classroom and for extra- curricular activities.
Mr. Petty advised that information on the bidding process will be available shortly on the Ministry’s website at www.moeskn.org and that the bid documents will be available from Monday, April 11, from the Project Office, for a non-refundable fee of $350.
A bid security of E.C. $10, 000 is required to be submitted to the Permanent Secretary of Education by Monday May 23 at 2:30pm. Bids will be opened in the presence of those bidders who choose to attend at 3:00 pm that day. Bids will be valid for a period of
90 days thereafter.
Mr. Petty added that the Education team is working feverishly to address other maintenance issues in schools around the island in order of urgency and in keeping with Government’s policy to ensure that students are not only safe, but operate in an environment conducive to learning.