After being forced to move from their main location four months ago, students of the Berean Christian Academy can now look forward to moving into their new school at Bath Estate in the New Year.
The school, which was once located on Goodwill Road, close to the E.C Loblack Bridge, was severely damaged by raging waters from the Roseau River during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27. The building also housed the Berean Bible Church, which was established in the 1980s.
Since the passage of the storm, classes for students of the school have been held in the Dominica Calypso House in Bath Estate, while construction work was being done to expand the school’s building vicinityadjacent to that property.
“School reopens on Monday (January 4) and everybody will be in the new building,” Principal of the Berean Christian Academy, Deborah Thomas, told Dominica News Online (DNO) on Thursday.“We are preparing the inside right now; we finished painting the outside and the inside; we are doing finishing touches right now.”
She said work on the building was moving according to plan with a lot of financial support coming from local, regional and international sources as well as voluntary work from members of the Berean Bible Church. The school held a fair on December 18, to raise additional funds to help meet the institution’s financial needs.“I am very pleased with the amount of work done over the last three months,” she said. “We figured that we would move in over a period of time and we are moving on schedule.”
“I am very pleased with the amount of work done over the last three months,” she said. “We figured that we would move in over a period of time and we are moving on schedule.”
According to the principal, the students and parents have adjusted well to the new location.
“They have adjusted well,” Mrs. Thomas said. “What we do is after school, we make available a bus to Roseau, so in the afternoons at 1, o’clock the students are transported to a designated area and the parents are there to pick them up.”
She said the arrangement will continue in the New Year.
Following the completion of the ground floor of the building, construction work will begin on the upstairs of the building to house the Berean Bible Church, she indicated.
Work started on the expansion of the new building on September 14th, approximately three weeks following theAugust 27, monster storm.