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Mar 20, 2019

Holy Angels RC School Rat Bat Infestation Needs Addressing

Seven days ago News Five reported on the extremely unhealthy circumstances that students and teachers of Holy Angels Roman Catholic School in Pomona Village have been experiencing. For many years they have been battling with a rat bat infestation and dilapidating school buildings. It’s the responsibility of the school management to properly address those issues but since it has been years, the teachers reached out to the media to publicize their challenges with the hopes to receive financial assistance. That according to B.N.T.U. President Senator Elena Smith did not sit well with the school management. According to Senator Smith, the school management seems to be low in cash, preventing it from addressing the issues.


Senator Elena Smith, President, B.N.T.U

Elena Smith

“It seems based on what they have been told that the management is unable to afford the repairs for the school. These teachers sought the media as a means of helping them to get what they are going through out there and see if they can get assistance. And by going to the media, it wasn’t appreciated by some members in management positions and so these teachers were, based on what we were told, chastised for going to the media to put their issues out there. Now I am being told that the management locally will be giving them three thousand dollars. They have not gotten anything from the general management. They have requested but it seems as though that they don’t have the funds. We are not sure if the ministry is going to be assisting them any at all. If you understand what these people are going through, what these teachers and students are going through. They have to remove everybody out of that building and cramp them in the other buildings. If you saw the flooring of the other buildings, you will see that it is not safe. This is not the only school that has bat infestation down south. We went to Bella Vista, had the same thing. We heard about teachers further south who have the same issues. They have to go to school every day, cleaning rat bat mess everybody. It is lumped in the classrooms. It is a health hazard. I don’t know how it is that we can get to the point that these schools can be properly repaired, that these students and teachers do not have to go through these issues. It seems as if though finance is an issue. I am hoping that the management and the ministry can work something out that they can be able to assist because it is not the teachers’ responsibility to be finding these funds to be fixing these building. They do not own these schools. They only work in these schools. The managements own these schools.”


The school hopes to raise some twenty-one thousand plus dollars in the next few weeks.


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