Contractor at work at Sacred Heart School.
SABA–Extensive renovations have started at the Sacred Heart School (SHS) under the responsibility of the public entity Saba. In addition, construction of the new parking lot behind the schools in St. John’s has resumed.
The SHS schoolyard is being resurfaced. Contractor Saba Roads already took out the old concrete slabs. The new layer of concrete will also be more sloping so the water runs off better and does not stagnate in the schoolyard, explained Commissioner of Education and Public Works Bruce Zagers, who recently visited the project together with Planning Bureau head Bobby Zagers.
All windows and doors will be replaced. In addition, the existing bathrooms will be remodelled and some new bathrooms will be built. Also, the perimeter fence will be completely restored. The fence was damaged by the 2017 hurricanes and had been temporarily fixed.
Works at SHS started early July, right after the school summer vacation started. The project has a six-week scope, the duration of the summer holiday.
“The renovation at the SHS is the first project that the public entity will execute following the signing of the agreement with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science OCW in The Hague in April this year. The agreement arranges the transfer of the responsibility for the construction and renovation of the school buildings in Saba to the local government. The vast majority of the work will be done during the summer holidays, as not to inconvenience the pupils and staff,” said Commissioner Zagers.
The OCW Ministry will make US $7 million in total available for the renovation of SHS and Saba Comprehensive School (SCS), as well as the construction of the new day-care, also at St. John’s.
At SCS, the roof of the classroom next to the school’s entrance will be replaced. The public entity will finance the change of the roof sheeting of the technical school at Cove Bay.
Construction of the parking area behind the schools has resumed after a hiccup of a technical nature. Now that the summer vacation has started, the project has intensified. The parking lot will provide parking space for about 30 cars to improve safety and make the traffic flow better. The parking lot will be circular with one way in and one way out.
The Public Works Department is acting as the contractor in this project, which is an initiative of the public entity. Ross Contractor Services does the excavation work, and Hescon and Saba Roads provide the concrete. The Planning Bureau did the layout and the planning.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/89302-sacred-heart-school-is-under-renovation