Althea Scatliffe school to be demolished this weekend
Demolition works for the now-abandoned Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS) structure in Road Town are expected to begin by the end of this week.
This is according to Education Minister, Sharie de Castro, who told residents on the VIP Let’s Talk radio show last evening, that the demolition is expected to continue throughout the two-week Easter break for students.
“So, the entire Easter break will be used to ensure that the Althea Scatliffe Primary School is demolished so that we can go ahead and move forward with our rebuilding plan to be able to ensure that the Striders of the Mighty Mighty Scatliffe are returned to the Fifth District,” de Castro stated.
The government confirmed in December that the school would be demolished after the institution was shuttered abruptly back in June of last year.
The closure came in the wake of a structural analysis of the school which found that the building was unsafe for occupancy due to issues of structural integrity. Students of the school were later dispersed among various other school campuses across Tortola.
Premier Wheatley shared last August that the issue of rebuilding the school is a priority for his government. He noted back then that the government will move quickly to accomplish that goal.
Works to be done at Enis Adams Primary
In the meantime, de Castro informed that works are also expected to be conducted at the Enis Adams Primary School where some of the ASPS students are currently being accommodated. The minister explained that old windows will be replaced and repainted at the school building along with other significant work she said will allow the students to be in a ‘fit for purpose’ environment.
“I think, ultimately, we have to make sure that the environment is fit for purpose and safe,” de Castro said. “And that’s why we are seeking to embark on ensuring that we have a long-term plan to really rebuild and redevelop our schools given that they have truly, a lot of them, reached the end of their life cycle.”