The works of the new educational center of Cho-Parque La Reina, in the municipality of Arona, which will replace the IES Guazaknown as the barracks institute, due to its configuration with prefabricated modules, are about to end after accumulating three years behind schedule.
The pandemic and, above all, the modification of the project and the consequent upward revision of the budget requested by the construction company, Proyecon Galicia, kept the work practically paralyzed for more than a year, which generated protests and mobilizations by mothers and parents of students of the IES Guazaa center inaugurated in 2002 as a “provisional” solution to deal with the shortage of school places in the southern region and which presents numerous technical deficiencies, as this newspaper has reported.
More than 500 students study there and around 70 teachers teach, victims of water leaks in classrooms and corridors when it rains, high temperatures in summer, vibrations on floors and walls, falling sheets and blowouts from bathroom pipes.
Up to 22 classrooms
The building, which was to be completed in January 2020, stands on a 13,120-square-meter plot donated by the Arona City Council. It will house a total of 22 classrooms, of which 18 will be for Secondary classes and four for Baccalaureate. It will have two music classrooms, two computer rooms, two plastic and visual classrooms, and another two for group splitting for students who are enrolled in Baccalaureate, according to information provided by the Ministry of Education.
The infrastructure will also have a library, two technology spaces, three laboratories, two language classrooms, a multifunction room, a therapeutic pedagogy room, an assembly hall and a covered sports hall with changing rooms and toilets.