ESHS redevelopment project nearing completion — de Castro
Education Minister Sharie de Castro has signalled that the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) redevelopment project is drawing to a close but stopped short of giving any new projected opening date.
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley previously assured residents repeatedly that the project would have been completed for the start of the new school term last month, but this did not materialise.
After experiencing significant setbacks with the shipment of various items such as windows, doors and paint in the last few weeks, Minister de Castro said the final shipment of paint and some furniture arrived last Sunday. She said finishes to the interior and exterior walls, ceilings and external roof coating are all expected to be completed over the coming weekend.
The Education Minister said her ministry’s focus is now on the completion of the building. “With all of the required windows, doors, lighting, paint, and stains are on island, the contractors are working diligently towards final completion,” de Castro stated.
Furniture and electrical appliances are expected to be delivered to the site after the final finishing work is completed.
“I will continue to share updates to keep everyone fully informed of the progress and any further matters that may arise,” the Education Minister said. “The date of the official opening ceremony will be announced after full completion of the aforementioned.”
According to Minister de Castro, the work of the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), which spearheaded the project, is highly commendable. She thanked the team for their professionalism in executing the project.