Facelift for Westbury Primary

When the bell rings to begin the new academic year on September 12, Westbury Primary School will have a new look and feel to it.

The Bridgetown educational institution was one of two schools to undergo major renovations over the summer holidays, the other being Combermere School, according to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS).

Project manager in the Education Project Implementation Unit Richard Harrison said Westbury School needed quite some work.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones (right) in discussion with principal of Combermere School Vere Parris during Jones’ tour today.
Minister of Education Ronald Jones (right) in discussion with principal of Combermere School Vere Parris during Jones’ tour.

“One of the two-storeyed blocks was definitely in need of uplift – both interior and exterior,” Harrison stated.

He added that drainage issues with a particular sewerage point were also addressed.

“By the time that project is over in another week, [Westbury School] will be a plant that has a very different interior and exterior appearance,” he assured.

Combermere School also received much needed renovations which sought to address the recently publicized issues of natural gas and sewage leaks among other problems.

“To a great extent those issues have been addressed,” Harrison said.

The ministry is spending $1.5 million on repairs to eight schools altogether, with work at various stages of completion; and the BGIS quoted Minister of Education Ronald Jones as saying he expected all schools to be ready to reopen.

“Not all schools are 100 per cent completed but a majority of them are. We have about five or so schools that we will keep an eye on over the course of the next week but we are assured that they should be ready . . .
I am convinced that barring unforeseen circumstances, maybe weather, rain and things like that we should [have] the children back in school,” the BGIS quoted Jones as saying.

Other schools being renovated included St Matthews Primary, Holy Innocents Primary, St Silas Primary, Ignatius Byer Primary, A. DaCosta Edwards Primary and St Philip Primary.

Ongoing work at the schools include the painting and reconditioning of walls, ceiling work, roof work, and the replacement of breeze blocks.

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