PHILIPSBURG: Pupils of Sister Regina Primary School will finish the school year in refurbished buildings that are safer, watertight, and more hurricane resilient. The completed works included electrical, plumbing, and repairs to the roof, perimeter fence, shutters, doors, windows, gutters, and downspouts.
The school repairs were executed under Emergency Recovery Project I of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, funded by the Government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank and implemented by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB).
Sister Regina was part of the first batch of schools to be repaired along with St. Joseph Primary School and Leonald Conner Primary School. The repairs to Leonald Conner and St. Joseph Schools are expected to be completed within seven weeks.
An Education Logistics Plan was developed with each school board and management team so that pupils’ education was impacted as little as possible. As part of Sister Regina’s plan, the school utilized parts of the campus not under construction and the adjacent Simpson Bay Community Center. Access to the construction zone was restricted and contact between students and workers was prohibited.
The NRPB will bear all of Sister Regina’s costs to move back to the upgraded building.