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New concerns have been raised about the structural integrity of one of the buildings which housed the Choiseul Secondary School following a tremor felt in St Lucia and other parts of the Caribbean on Tuesday

The concerns stem from conditions  which surfaced at the Choiseul Secondary School in 2010, rendering one of the buildings structurally affected.  As was previously announced, the Choiseul Community Centre was refurbished to house some classes of the School, while the Government seeks financing options for the construction of a new wing.

A statement from the office of the Prime Minister notes that on Tuesday, a team was dispatched from the Ministry of Infrastructure, to conduct an assessment of the structure. No further visible physical damage was reported, but the Ministry of Infrastructure after consultation with the Ministry of Education engaged the services of a structural engineer, who began further assessment on Tuesday. Subsequently, a determination will be made to find out whether alternative immediate actions are necessary.

The Government of Saint Lucia wishes to remind the public that funds are currently being sought from the World Bank, for the construction of a new building.

Consistent with World Bank Procurement procedures, the Government has invited consultants to tender for the design of the new premises. To date, the advertisement has been placed in local newspapers, the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure and that of the World Bank.  

We remain very mindful of the conditions and reassure all that we remain committed to providing a long-term solution.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Infrastructure is pleased to report that works on the Micoud School extension is substantially complete and an opening ceremony will be held in the near future.
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