After years of requests, Theoline L. McCoy Primary School in Bodden Town is slated to get a new school hall.
During Wednesday’s meeting of the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee, Bodden Town East MLA Dwayne Seymour said the community had been asking for the school hall and canteen for 10 years. “I was promised it would begin in the last quarter of this year. Is there any schedule for that?” he asked.
Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said, “It’s expected that next month we’ll go to procurement on the hall.”
She added, “It’s long, long overdue.”
The education minister credited the persistence of Seymour (who is also Minister of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing) with securing the facility for the primary school.
Education Ministry Deputy Chief Officer Wilbur Welcome said the government anticipates procurement will take place in November, a preferred bidder will be selected in December, and construction will begin in the first quarter of next year. The project is expected to take 14 months to complete.