School to be used for ‘interventions’

A school building is to be turned into a centre for pupil “interventions”, Government has announced.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education said the move came after a need was identified “for a location for students that required additional interventions”.

She added: “The possibility of repurposing a school building for this use has been discussed.

“Further consultation with stakeholders will take place and additional details will be made public once that happens.”

The spokeswoman said that the public could expect the new unit to open in September.

The cost of the change of use has not been released.

David Burt, the Premier, highlighted five items to be part of the Government’s agenda at the Progressive Labour Party Annual Delegates Conference last month.

Mr Burt said: “To support our educators, we will repurpose a school building to be used for alternative education.”

The spokeswoman said that a school building had not been identified, but that the shuttered TN Tatem Middle School in Warwick was not under consideration.

The school was shut in April due to mould and other health and safety problems.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, said on Friday that the Government was “looking at community-minded activities” to make use of TN Tatem buildings.

Colonel Burch said that activities being considered included a boxing ring to be housed in the weight training room, an after-school programme in the carpentry shop, and a community kitchen to be operated from the converted family centre.

He added: “Interest has also been expressed in utilisation of the gymnasium for a fitness programme and use of the auditorium for church services.

“Those discussions are ongoing.”

Colonel Burch said all activities would be licensed until July 31, 2020.

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Published Nov 6, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 6, 2019 at 7:59 am)

School to be used for ‘interventions’

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