Castries, February 7, 2019 – The Dugard Combined School in Choiseul has a student population of two hundred and forty (240). Ahead of the start of the new academic year in September, school officials had one wish, a new library and dining area. It was a project the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) agreed to fund, initially estimated at just over twenty thousand dollars ($20,000). Work began in August 2018.
Fast forward to six weeks after the start of work and an additional forty thousand ($40,000) investment. What began as refurbishing a room and adding a partition to establish a library and dining area for students, morphed into additional work on a new roof and ceiling which needed to be replaced.
The final result was a substantially upgraded part of the school plant at Dugard Combined. LUCELEC Corporate Communications Manager Roger Joseph says, although the final investment was three times what was originally planned, the work on the new library and dining area would be rendered useless if the roof and ceiling were not addressed.
LUCELEC is a longstanding partner in education. The Dugard Combined is the latest in a series of investments in the education sector that has included the establishment of libraries at several primary schools, a brand new greenhouse and kitchen to facilitate a School Feeding Programme at the Vieux-Fort Primary School, the establishment of a fully equipped electronics lab at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and annual sponsorship of the National School Science and Technology Fair.
The newest addition to the West Coast school will be officially opened on Tuesday, February 12.