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THE OLD LOUIS LYNCH SECONDARY SCHOOL building is among several out-of-use Government properties which are under review by the Ministry of Housing and Lands.

Permanent Secretary Timothy Maynard told the NATION Government’s policy was to “press as many of its disused properties back into productive use”.

He said: “I know that many people have expressed interest in using Government lands and Government buildings. The minister has tasked us with the responsibility of utilising Government properties so we are going through that process and certainly Louis Lynch would be one of them.”

Maynard was responding to reports that old scholars of the school had expressed outrage and sadness over the deterioration and abandonment of the Whitepark Road, St Michael property, after a video surfaced last week showing the interior of the school in a dilapidated and unsanitary state, and the building covered in bush.

Louis Lynch, which was originally named Roebuck Secondary, was closed in 2006 due to environmental issues, mainly what was determined to be hazardous levels of pollution in the air from a nearby laundry. Staff and students were falling sick with complaints of dizziness and respiratory ailments.

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