Pond Island:— The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Ms. Silveria Jacobs met with the management and staff of the Leonald Conner School on Wednesday, January 28th, 2017 to disseminate information on the way forward. The management and staff of LCS have been dispersed at Dr. Martin Luther King School, Marie Genevieve de Weever School, Ruby Labega School and the Prins Willem Alexander School since November 2016, and the former Charles Leopold Bell School as of December 2016. The move was intended to last approximately 4-6 weeks, however, the independent studies and financial assistance for the repairs at LCS is taking longer than expected. The management and staff of the LCS voiced their opinions on the current situation as well as came up with some short term solutions to assist with the situation. Minister Jacobs sympathized with the management and staff as she understands the current struggles they are faced with and guaranteed them that things will improve.
Minister Jacobs informed the management and staff that during the Council of Ministers meeting with the various industrial companies situated in the Cay Bay area, that all companies pledged to assist financially with regards to the electrical updates and A/C installations at the LCS.
NV GEBE, one of the companies which pledged to finance the emergency repairs and has included it in their 2017 budget. The project is expected to commence shortly and is projected to take approximately 4-6 weeks for completion. The Ministry of VSA has also enlisted the services of PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) to conduct an in-depth independent study in the Cay Bay area to ascertain the possible health risks. NV GEBE has also conducted a study as to the air quality and is awaiting the final report, while the Ministry of VROMI has also pledged to conduct an independent study to this effect.
Minister Jacobs further expressed that the situation at the LCS and the Cay Bay area has the full attention of government and specifically is a priority for the Ministry ECYS as well as the Ministries VSA and VROMI.
The Minister ECYS will also visit the CLB school to get a first-hand view of the challenges the management and staff are faced with at that location.
Source: St. Martin News Network
Minister Jacobs meets with staff and management of the Leonald Conner School.