Two new schools in the 2016/17 Budget for San Salvador

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis walking to the House of Assembly for the 2016/17 Budget Debate.  (BIS photo/Derek Smith)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis walking to the House of Assembly for the 2016/17 Budget Debate. (BIS photo/Derek Smith)

NASSAU, The Bahamas — The Bahamas Government is preparing to construct state-of-the-art primary and secondary schools on 20 acres of land in San Salvador. Construction is set to begin during the summer months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis in his 2016-2017 Budget Debate Contribution in the House of Assembly told Parliamentarians that work has already begun on clearing the site where the two new schools will be built in Harbour Yard.

“The current primary school is located on a temporary site and uses four trailers to accommodate school facilities. During the passage of Hurricane Joaquin, three of those four trailers were severely damaged as were other parts of the school,” said the Deputy Prime Minister on Tuesday, June 21.

“The current site also lacks an integrated functionality, as all of the buildings were stand-alone and presented mobility challenges during adverse weather.”

The primary school will replace the current school, which is located in Cockburn Town. It will include a computer room to accommodate 25 students, each with dedicated workspace and laptop; a library; a music room; art room; a sick bay; study rooms and sports facilities for basketball, softball, track and field and tennis.

The primary school has a complement of 100 students. It is anticipated that the new school will be able to double its capacity and boast special features such as connected, covered walkways to all classrooms and building spaces; roof finishes of architectural shingles; and hurricane resistant windows and doors, Deputy Prime Minister Davis said.

A contract for this project should be executed within the next two weeks.

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