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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION GIVES SCHOOL REPAIRS UPDATE

As identified in the school reorganization (SCORE) Report, the Minister of Education, Cole Simons, has released an update on all facility repair work carried out at the public primary schools. The report released in February 2016, included a detailed review of school facilities at the eighteen primary public schools.


Minister Simons said: “Since the report was released, the team at the Ministry of Public Works and the Facilities team at the Department of Education have been making the necessary repairs and maintenance works at each school. Today we are pleased to provide a comprehensive list of the detailed work that has been carried out at each school.  We will continue to deliver on the items highlighted in the SCORE report as well as other school facility repairs as they arise. Further repair work has been scheduled for the summer months when schools are closed to ensure that our primary schools are safe and clean prior to the start of the 2017/18 school year.”

The SCORE report recommendations and the list of facility repairs are posted on the Ministry website at www.moed.bm .  The following is a list of the school building repairs as of May 2017:

East End Primary School

  • ·Fixed leaks in the assembly hall and in classrooms
  • ·Replaced windows that needed servicing throughout the school
  • ·Back area of school resurfaced by Public Works
  • ·Air quality tests completed to determine source of moldy smells
  • ·Air conditioner and vents in library cleaned
  • ·Fencing on side of the school field repaired
  • ·All water fountains serviced

St. David’s Primary School

  • ·Repaired leaks in classrooms

Francis Patton Primary School

  • ·Fixed leaky faucets in all bathrooms
  • ·All windows in school serviced
  • ·Work completed on the external doors
  • ·Re-tiled bathrooms

Harrington Sound Primary School

  • ·Hedges were cut back
  • ·Installed new playground equipment

Elliot Primary School

  • ·School building was painted
  • ·Serviced all water fountains
  • ·Air quality test completed for Deputy Principal’s Office 
  • ·Secured gym floor to eliminate weak spots
  • ·Created ventilation has been for a lower storage room in the upper building 
  • ·Sprayed art room and adjacent areas for terminates 

To Do:

  • ·Ongoing repairs to downstairs bathroom
  • ·Upgrades to restrooms
  • ·Replacing rotten roof on one wing of school building 
  • ·Investigate cause of leakage in some classroom windows

Prospect Primary School

  • ·Serviced all water fountains
  • ·Power washed all walkways

To Do:

  • ·Ongoing work in the library for security and to eliminate mold caused due to leaks

Victor Scott Primary School

  • ·Re-tiled classrooms
  • ·Repairs to restroom facilities
  • ·Preschool window repaired
  • ·Improved storage facility

Northlands Primary School

  • ·Rest room facilities upgraded
  • ·Water fountains serviced 
  • ·Leaks in classrooms repaired
  • ·All exposed electrical wires and pipe concealed

West Pembroke Primary School  

  • ·Tented building for termites and other pests 
  • ·Restroom facilities were upgraded 
  • ·Greater ventilation for the custodians’ facilities room
  • ·Netball courts resurfaced
  • ·Replaced covering for the cricket pitch

To Do:

  • ·Ensure lighting in classroom areas is conducive to reading

Gilbert Primary School

  • ·Addressed flat roof situation which caused leaks
  • ·Upgraded assembly hall

Paget Primary School

  • ·Addressed fencing around the playground in upper schools
  • ·Classroom leaks investigated and corrected
  • ·Majority of plumbing issues resolved

To Do:

  • ·Playground fencing and investigation of building leaks to eradicate mold

Purvis Primary School

  • ·School building exterior painted
  • ·Windows were replaced in specific classrooms

Heron Bay Primary School

  • ·Repairs completed for ceiling and roof
  • ·Wooden floors repaired in classrooms and computer labs
  • ·Hedges behind school were cut back

To Do:

  • ·Install new playground equipment

Port Royal Primary School

  • ·Air quality service for reading room
  • ·Completed investigation of water intrusion in the reading room
  • ·Cleaned court yard and resolved the dumpster issues

To Do:

  • ·Make repairs to the school security fence and gates

Dalton E. Tucker Primary School

  • ·In collaboration with the Highways Section investigate how to resolve traffic flow issues at the school entrance.

West End Primary School

  • ·Repaved the courts and driveways
  • ·Serviced all water fountains
  • ·Completed roof repairs to eliminate leaks
  • ·Repaired the cricket pitch

To Do:

  • ·Investigate the lighting in the building
  • ·Evaluate the air and temperature conditions of the auditorium

Somerset Primary School

  • ·Boys restroom facilities in the upper school repaired
  • ·Sealed all roof leaks
  • ·Serviced water fountains
  • ·Repaired pot holes 

To Do:

  • ·Summer works to look at required storage needed for scientific chemicals
  • ·Ensure the fire alarm monitoring system is fully functional
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'BERMUDA DESERVES BETTER' WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION, SAYS OPPOSITION

"The statement by Education Minister Cole Simons reinforces our belief that politics must be taken out of education," says the Opposition via a press statement. "Backbiting, petty squabbling and name calling may impress some, but most Bermudians want solutions and not excuses. 

"Despite this, the One Bermuda Alliance seems more interested in finger pointing and ducking responsibility than on addressing the real issues facing our most important resource; our children.

"Bermuda deserves better and we can do better when we take the politics out of education, put an end to petty squabbling and make our children a priority.

"The PLP has committed to a restructuring of the education system that will provide our students with the tools necessary to achieve in this evolving technological world.  Additionally, we have performed preliminary assessments to identify what is working, and what is not.  After consultation, we will ensure that we will not disturb what is working, but where improvements are necessary, we will take steps to address.

"The middle school system has proven to provide hardships to the development and success of our students, and we plan to address this in a phasing out and a return to a two tiered system.

"Minister Simons accused the PLP of doing “nothing in 14 years”, a phrase rooted in pre-election hyperbole.  During the PLP’s 14 years in office, there were significant advancements made, including, but not limited to –

•                Commissioning the Hopkins report, of which 8 of 10 recommendations were implemented

•                Implementing the Internationally recognized Cambridge Curriculum

•                Introduction of Career Pathways

•                Implementing the Dual Enrollment Programme at Bermuda College

•                Increased funding for Bermuda Government Scholarships

•                Reducing Class size

"We understand there is much more to be done to advance our students and to prepare them for the future, and the PLP is committed to that task.  Today, there are two Bermudas; one where access to quality education and a pathway to higher education and a career are a given and the other Bermuda that has been neglected and forgotten for too long.  Bermuda can do better."

 

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