Slow progress with school upgrades

POSTED: 10/24/12 5:52 PM

St. Maarten -Education Minister Sarah Jacobs gave an update to parliamentarians on Monday on the construction and maintenance works at various schools across the island.
“The contractor F.M is in default at the Seventh Day Adventist School on payments made in advance by Usona. Proper solutions are being sought but the school board itself is seeking a guarantee letter from government to complete the building. Government and Usona are looking at ways to turn the project over to another contractor,” Jacobs said of the situation at the Cole Bay school.
The project’s contractor began to face logistical problems. Work came to a standstill because there was no money to pay for materials to complete the pavement and roofing. A reliable source told Today that the contractor “had some bad luck and mishaps” which affected the flow of work. His situation has been considered unlike that of the M. Genevieve De Weever School, though. Construction work there was interrupted on several occasions because of grievances by several contractors. But despite widespread concern over whether the school would be adequate for occupation when the new school year started in August, it was opened and deemed appropriate for classes to continue.

On Monday, the minister said that although the upper floor of the school had been completed,
“Downstairs still requires serious maintenance,” especially on doors, windows and its floor. Focus will shift to the parking lot when the interior of the school is completed.

Meanwhile at the Ruby Labega School, no repair works have started as well as the Prins Willem Alexander School which was on the list to receive a completely new school. With a vague remark, the minister said in the case of Prins Willem Alexander which caters to special needs children, “That is still in the process to have that started as soon as possible.” However a tender for the construction works will be finalized on November 8.

The parking lot of the Martin Luther King School in Dutch Quarter has been re-assessed and will need to be widened for the school bus turn while the beautification of the area still needs to be finalized.
Documents for Phase 2 B of the Leonard Conner School parking area still has to be tendered but it is not one of the main priority areas for the ministry currently, the minister explained.
The new elementary school in Belvedere has had delays with spring water, extra works delays and these are of great financial consequences. For now the project is awaiting approval for increased financing to complete the project which is now expected to extend way past its November deadline.

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