The Ministry of Education will not pursue legal action over
Arrowtown School's ''leaky'' buildings.
Earlier this month the Otago Daily Times revealed
millions of dollars would be spent fixing weathertightness
issues in seven of the school's nine blocks.
Almost two weeks ago the ministry said it was considering
whether to take legal action and named Rilean Construction as
the company that built most of the school.
Now, the ministry's head of education infrastructure service
Kim Shannon said it had decided not to take action.
In an emailed statement she said: ''This is because most of
the buildings affected are more than 10 years old, so the
time limit available to follow up any issues has expired.
''Damage in the one building completed within the last 10
years is so small that it would not be worth the time and
expense of pursuing a legal case.''
Rilean shareholder-director Steve McLean said the company was
confident no action would be taken.
''We constructed the school to the architect's specifications
and best building practices at the time.''
- David Williams