Department Issues Update On T.N. Tatem Repairs

December 29, 2016

The Department of Education [Dec 29] issued an update regarding the restoration and repairs work at T.N. Tatem Middle School.

Acting Commissioner of Education Dr. Freddie Evans stated: “I am pleased to report that work T.N. Tatem is progressing at a very steady pace. Crews from the Department of Parks, the Ministry of Public Works, contracted industrial cleaners and school custodians are on site daily.

“The Department of Parks have completed most of the tree clearing and removal of spice trees in the courtyard. There remains trees to clear out in the rear eastern section of the school.

Slideshow of photos taken earlier this month showing some of the conditions at the building:


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“The Ministry of Public Works are currently reinstalling the ceilings in the rooms that were abated for mold. The Department is addressing the maintenance of the air conditioning systems and testing for mold in the air ducts in the administration offices; auditorium and library. All rooms will be air quality tested.

“The Department of Education has hired three industrial cleaning companies to clean specific sections of the school; the administration block, auditorium, cafeteria, music room, main foyer and second floor are complete; the eastern block of school is almost complete and the third floor cleaning will be completed shortly.

“At this point, it is necessary for T.N. Tatem students to attend Clearwater Middle School on January 3. Transportation will remain the same for students. The Principals will keep the parents informed about the work in progress at Tatem.

“I’d like to once again thank the parents, teachers and most of all our students for their patience and support. It is the Department’s commitment to improve the building facilities at Tatem in order for our students to learn and thrive in a healthy and safe environment.”

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  1. Truth says:

    STAND STRONG AND TOGETHER……………NOW
    The People Power must STAND

    • Terry says:

      And your point is what with that comment.
      I don’t follow except that it may have something to do with …..clue me in.

  2. Amy says:

    It’s good to see progress is happening.
    I thought for Middle School, students return on January 4th??

    • Bermy.The.End says:

      It was an error. Students return to school January 4th.

  3. Here we go again says:

    This should have been done YEARS ago. Problems did not just start.

  4. Empress Warrior says:

    I would like to know exactly whom was contracted to do the cleaning job are they actually qualified in Health and Safety of hazardous waste cleaning and proper disposal.
    Furthermore I hope their all wearing respirators and protective suits during the period of work on the premises.
    Yes we need to eliminate growth that’s the issue, being proactive in finding and eliminating mold growth will be the future plan I would hope.
    Aspergillus can increase the “Body Burden” through exposure to both particulates and gasese that it produces!
    Inside wall and ceiling cavaties where there has been past water leakage, a hole should be drilled a 1/4″ then stick an extender tube from culture plate air sampling equipment through the hole. Then WAIT, to see what grows on the culture plate from the wall and ceiling cavaties.
    MOLD IN WALL CAVATIES DO NOT SHOW UP IN AIR SAMPLES
    SPORES ARE TRAPPED BEHIND SOLID WALLS!
    Gases travel from downstairs to upstairs, which first signs are headaches! So how you clean certain rooms that’s a joke and not getting to the root of the problem!
    I’m sorry but I know they haven’t done this job correctly following health and safety protocol.
    I want to know whom is doing this job, honestly.
    I’d also want to know what did they find in the school gases and/or particulates.
    Looking at the pictures I see no holes drilled into walls to test the wall for hidden spores, look at the tile in the bathroom and that wall come on please take the tile down, test the wall correctly, please your talking about our future Bermudians our innocent children and hard working teachers!!!
    Who would guess that going to school could lead to dire consequences! Who pays the heavy price?
    ITS EASIER TONPREVENT FUNGAL INFECTION THAN TO TREAT IT!
    My FIANCEE DIED YES DIED, he worked for government doing a cleaning up job and eight years later he’s dead and nobody wanted to be held accountable. PLEASE PROTECT YOURSELVES AND CHILDREN!
    WE DONT NEED A BAND-AID this is not a quick fix remedy by no means!
    Knowledge is Power fill yourselves with truth of this so you may not be led astray and played for fool it’s your life stand up for it! I’m fighting with you!
    I would love to ask all of our Minister yes all of you would you send your dear darling loved to this hazardous infested environment ???
    So why do it to them shame shame shame on you all!!!
    MAY GOD STAND BY OUR SIDES FOR THE BATTLE OF THE INNOCENT

  5. Empress Warrior says:

    MOLD IN WALL & CIELING CAVATIES DO NOT SHOW UP IN AIR SAMPLES
    SPORES ARE TRAPPED BEHIND SOLID WALLS!
    Aspergillus can increase the “Body Burden” through exposure to both particulates and gases that it produces!
    Inside wall and ceiling cavaties where there has been past water leakage, a hole should be drilled a 1/4″ then stick an extender tube from culture plate air sampling equipment through the hole. Then WAIT, to see what grows on the culture plate from the wall and ceiling cavaties.

  6. Trail User says:

    Good Job Dr Evans a shame the facility department could not get this done all along I have just seen another country where teachers went on strike for same thing last year and guess what the Government of the day thought the teachers was wrong but come to find out teachers got sick and dies from cancer from breathing in mold and chemicals