Who remembers the state of schools after Irma's passage? Who can still think today that these establishments are in the same state as there are 10 months?
President Daniel Gibbs recalls that the 17 institutions that can accommodate students in the aftermath of Irma have all been repaired urgently so that the back to school can take place on 06 November 2017, 2 months after the hurricane. Emergency work for 2 millions of euros all the same, which will now leave room for major work during the summer, for an amount of 9,5 million.
For clarification, there is no need for an "over-the-counter" procedure to launch these repair projects (this procedure was also granted by the State for emergency work, until 31 December 2017), in accordance with to the legislation in force, the community has called for tenders to carry out all the work of the schools. These markets are ready, for obvious questions of student safety, it was just waiting for the end of the school year to start the sites.
It should be remembered that 95% of the buildings of the Community were damaged. Of these, the 20 schools on the island were all heavily impacted and 3 of them were destroyed: Nina Duverly Elementary School, Marigot, Emile Larmonie Elementary School and Soualiga College, at Cul de Sac. In fact, the past school year has been complicated and disrupted for all.
As a reminder, the only elementary schools that have completed the 2017-2018 school year with the implementation of rotating schedules are those of Sandy Ground: Jérôme Beaupère nursery school and Aline Hanson Elementary School. The community has been able to find solutions for other institutions. Note that the management of the school complex has finally agreed to the installation of 4 prefabricated rooms that will be set up this summer to not interfere with the school community. The Fondation de France will deliver 4 additional prefabricated rooms for September.
It is also important to note that the community did not receive "astronomical sums" for the reconstruction of its schools. On the contrary! The envelope of 33M € evaluated with the State and the DI-R for the reconstruction of the Saint-Martin school park was finally reduced to 15M €, during the Interministerial Meeting of March 2018. Recall that with this sum, the community is supposed to repair 17 schools and rebuild a college and two schools, while a single college 900 costs on average 20M € and a school on average 4M €.
The President of the Community and its Vice President in charge of Education Annick Pétrus have made it a priority to make every effort to ensure that the next September 2018 comes under optimal conditions.
This is a strong commitment communicated several times by the President and his Vice President, for which 9.5M € were released in the budget of the Collectivité. The objective is to proceed in July and August to the repairs and reconstructions that are required in the 17 schools still standing. The works will consist of the renovation of roofs, joinery, electricity, painting, fences. The community will be communicating soon about the work done in each school.
In terms of sports equipment, a rehabilitation program was launched under the aegis of the 1ère Vice President, Valérie Damaseau. The community has focused on the refurbishment of the sports hall at the Jean-Louis Vanterpool stadium, which will be ready for September, and which will be able to host school sports (basketball - volleyball - badminton - handball and footsal). The football stadium will be ready with a restoration of the ground and the restoration of the roof of the stands. The sports plateaus of the island will be delivered between September and November 2018. Following the mandatory building control and asbestos diagnosis phase, the Galisbay Omnisports Hall will have to be demolished. A first phase will be to demolish the roof in July.
President Daniel Gibbs and all the territorial council elected members warmly thank all the students and their families, but also the educational community for the understanding and patience they showed during this troubled school year. The President and his Vice President make every effort during the two months of vacation for the completion of these projects and a return to classes under the best auspices, Monday 03 September.