Schools project to get new manager

Following Tuesday’s report in the
Caymanian Compass about bids going out for certain work on the new John Gray
High School, the government has announced that it will re-bid the project management
contract for both John Gray and the Clifton Hunter High School campus.

Previous project management bids
were submitted in February by five interested firms, and there were initial
reports in other media that a successful company had been selected to lead the
completion of the schools in George Town and Frank Sound area.

Education Minister Rolston Anglin
said in a statement released Wednesday that since the new construction management
tender document will change the phases in which the school projects will be
done, the requirements for construction management services have changed.

“The phasing of the high school
projects has changed the scope of the original tender for construction
management services, hence the need to re-tender,” Mr. Anglin said in the
statement.

Mr. Anglin also said some
demolition work at the new high school sites would be needed, and that could
only be accomplished – for safety reasons – when students and faculty were not
on the campuses.

“It has been concluded that the
next stage of the demolition should be delayed until summer 2011,” Mr. Anglin
said. “As a result, the initial focus of the work at the new John Gray High
School will be on particular buildings, which educators have prioritised.”

The new tender for project
management is expected to be advertised shortly. Mr. Anglin said government
still intended to complete both the John Gray and Clifton Hunter school
projects.

The Clifton Hunter campus in Frank
Sound is expected to be finished first, the minister said.

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