A request for proposals (RFP) on abolishing Bermuda’s middle schools was sent out this weekend to find organisations to “plan, manage and execute the school redesign process”.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Minister of Education Diallo Rabain said schools will be redesigned and rebuilt to include new signature schools “tailored to the needs of the Bermuda public school system”.
“This will also allow the officers within the Department of Education to continue to focus on the day-to-day work of public school education,” he said.
“I encourage the public to review the RFP, which will be available online under the Office of Project Management and Procurement section of gov.bm.”
“You will see our sincere intention to be collaborative by giving you the opportunity to help transform public education in Bermuda.”
Responses to the RFP are expected by the end of September, but the Minister noted that any plans moving forward, require research and consultation.
“I thank all of the critical players for their diligent contributions towards executing what I have outlined here today; however, much work remains ahead,” said Mr Rabain.
“I am encouraged by the path we are on to transform Bermuda schools and the Bermuda public education system.”
On the asbestos situation at Clearwater Middle School, the Minister said: “Over the past two weeks, there have been concerns about the state of our school facilities; the health and safety of our students and staff; and questions about what we as a Ministry and Department are doing to address these issues.