Negril gets state-of-the-art infant school

December 08, 2017
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid (second left), with (from left) deputy chairman and chief executive officer of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart; chief executive officer of the CHASE Fund, William 'Billy' Heaven; principal of the West End Infant School in Negril, Sherida Malcolm; and executive director of the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke, following the unveiling of the school plaque to mark the official opening of the school on December 6. With them are students of the institution.

The new state-of-the-art West End Infant School in Negril, Westmoreland, was officially opened on Wednesday.

The facility, which commenced classes in September, is the result of a public-private partnership among the Sandals Foundation, the CHASE Fund and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

The school has the capacity to accommodate 160 students, with 60 students so far enrolled. It was built at a cost of just over $111 million with funding from the Sandals Foundation and the CHASE Fund, and comprises eight classrooms with accompanying resource rooms and bathroom facilities, a large kitchen and dining room/recreational area, a staffroom, sick bay, and principal's office.

The property also has a garden and playground. All the furniture and educational resources were donated by School Specialty, a United States-based company that supplies school equipment.

In his address at the ceremony, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, said he is extremely proud that the school has already met 98 per cent of the required standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), and within a month, following additional requisite teacher-training sessions, will reach the 100 per cent mark.

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