Lantau school gets go-ahead for campus
An international school will open a new campus on Lantau Island on Monday, a week behind schedule, after the Education Bureau finally gave it the green light.
Lantau International School in Pui O was advised yesterday that it had been granted registration as a school and that the crucial document would be issued today.
It received approval from the Buildings Department on Tuesday.
Principal Serge Berthier said all papers were now in order and classes would begin on Monday.
'It's finished, it's done,' said Mr Berthier, who complained at the weekend that red tape was holding up the opening.
About 60 children will go to classes at the campus, which has been established in three village houses. Applications were submitted in June.
The Education Bureau said it had received all the necessary supporting documents and the certificate of registration would include a ground-floor extension, the legality of which had been in doubt.
Mr Berthier said earlier that the registration had been delayed because the Buildings Department had taken wrong measurements during site checks.
The department said yesterday that an inspection on June 26 revealed that 'certain conversion works' had been carried out that did not comply with exemptions granted to New Territories houses.
The applicant advised in midAugust that rectification work had been carried out and submitted a revised plan, but a further check towards the end of the month found that the dimensions did not appear to be in accord with the plan.
The department conducted another site check on Tuesday, with the Lands Department, to verify the dimensions and issued the required certificates on the same day.
The Lands Department said that after Tuesday's inspection the District Lands Office was able to confirm that the lease had been complied with for the ground floor but 'minor irregularities' were found on upper floors which the school had been advised to rectify.
This did not, however, stand in the way of issuing the registration.