By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 28, 2018 – The presence of mold remains an outstanding issue at St. Kitts’ Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), two years after a new roof was constructed costing millions of dollars.
Reliable sources Wednesday informed that the Department of Health ordered the Administration Building at the main Burdon Campus of the CFBC closed for one month last August. It reopened and was again closed in November and remains closed Thursday.
Mold was detected in the President’s office and administrative section. The office of the interim president has been relocated to a container in the yard of the main campus.
A section of CFBC’s Division of Technical Vocational Education and Management Studies located on Horsford’s Road was also deemed unfit for habitation by the Department of Health and closed in October of last year.
Areas affected are the offices of the Dean, the receptionist, the information technology manager, the webmaster and the guidance counsellor.
In February 2017, the CFBC Board of Governors said the Board and the Administration have been made aware of a foul odour in the Administrative Office and Staff Room that appears to be affecting some persons.
The statement was issued after the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher 3 (West Basseterre), Hon. Konris Maynard informed the Nation that a serious mold problem existed at the CFBC and several employees were on sick leave.
The Board in its statement said it had approved several measures to identify and effectively address the source of these environmental issues.
“These measures include but are not limited to air quality testing and investigations currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Health and the Bureau of Standards as well as the temporary location of the persons from the affected areas.
With the closure of the affected areas in August and again in November, it is evident that the millions of dollars to place a new roof on the institution have been wasted.