By NICO SCAVELLA
Tribune Staff Reporter
HALF A million dollars is being spent on repairs to a Family Island school that has not received any remedial work since its inception, a government official said on Friday.
Lionel Sands, the Director of Education, told The Tribune that the Rum Cay All-Age School has not received any repairs since before former Governor General Sir Milo Butler attended the school in the early 1900s.
Last week, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said the nine students currently attending the school in Rum Cay would be relocated and housed at one of the local churches until the completion of $500,000 worth of renovations.
Mr Fitzgerald said the Rum Cay All-Age School was one of two schools that required work that "extends beyond the opening of school".
When questioned why such a high price tag was placed on such a (relatively) small school, Mr Sands explained: "Rum Cay is a school where nothing was done to it since Sir Milo Butler attended it." He added that the school's overall structure, particularly the roof, is well overdue for repairs.
"The walls would be those thick, very strong walls but the roof and the other infrastructures, plumbing and all of that because obviously it's very old," he said. "The plumbing and the electrical amenities would have to be dealt with also."