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Severely damaged TCI schools will not be rebuilt this fiscal year says Minister, carries $6m price tag

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#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands- November 14, 2017 – A grim outlook for reconstruction of Government buildings was laid bare to those attending a Government public meeting on Monday.  The Ministers of Finance and Infrastructure, both reported that it will take millions to get critical government buildings and offices restored across the country.

The good news from the Education Minister is that all of the children within the Providenciales government school system are now back in classes.  The not so good news from the Infrastructure Minister, that some of the government schools will not be able to be rebuilt or refurbished within this fiscal year.

Minister Karen Malcolm said of the 15 public schools, 11 were damaged by Hurricane Irma.  Minister Goldray Ewing said the bill so far for reconstruction at the schools is at $6m.

“It’s gonna take a pretty penny to get back to where we were,” said Minister Ewing whose office is tasked with overseeing the massive construction job.

Both Ministers were among those presenting updates in the aftermath of the September storms to a scant audience at the Graceway Sports Center.

The public meeting was in keeping with the PDM Administration’s promise to hold quarterly town meetings across the islands, Providenciales was the final stop during this series.

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