Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Petrotrin Sports Club could temporarily house Claxton Bay students

The Petrotrin Sports Club is one of the buildings being considered as a location to temporarily house students of the Claxton Bay Junior Anglican School.

The school was ordered closed on September 17 by the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) after an inspection by the Works Ministry to determine the structural integrity of the century-old structure found a number of defects.

Days later, OSHA officials issued a prohibition notice recommending that the school be demolished.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia gave an update on developments regarding the continuation of classes for the 161 students enrolled at the junior school.

As per a suggestion from Anglican Board the “mechanics” of a shift system are being worked out to ensure the continuation of classes for the students (Infants One and Two, up until Standard Two) to be housed at the senior school.

The Minister noted that the former Petrotrin Sports Club and surrounding buildings are being looked at as suitable interim measure to house the students until a more permanent solution is found.

Garcia made it clear, however, that nothing can be done by the Ministry unless it has the concurrence of the Anglican Board.

A meeting on Friday with the school’s Principal, PTA, Board, NPTA, and MTS is expected to put forward solutions for housing the students on a temporary basis.

Garcia said a visit to the school will determine whether a new school has to be built or an annex to the senior school constructed.

The Minister is hopeful that the Anglican Board and the Ministry will have a temporary solution before the end of the following week.

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