A new school groundbreaking ceremony will be held at Tomlinson’s shortly as a part if the Governments plan to construct a new secondary school in that area.
Coming out of the weekly Cabinet briefing on Thursday, it was revealed that the government agreed to spend EC$13.5 million dollars on 10 acres of land.
The Minister of Education Michael Browne says it is the first phase of a 40 million dollar project. He further elaborated on what the first phase of the campus will include.
“The Government has committed $13.5 millions dollars for the first phase of the new secondary school at Tomlinson’s. The overall project should cost about $40 million but we are going to start with an injection of $13.5 million to construct the first phase which will include 50,000 square ft of space to include 15 classrooms, administration block of at least 8,000 square feet, a counselor center and we’re also including in the first phase the labs for the school. The first phase will be sufficient to take students all the way,” he said.
Also present during the briefing was Director of Education Clare Browne who said the construction of the secondary school has been in the works for several years and that the decision is not as a result of the Government’s decision to transform the new Five Island Secondary School into the University of the West Indies Island Campus.
“I want the public and the media to know that the school at Tomlinson’s did not come out of a hat. In 2010 when we talked about moving to universal secondary education, there was a study conducted and the area (Potters’ Herberts) was felt like the fastest growing area and it was felt like a school should be built in that area to ease that pressure from schools such as ClareHall Secondary and even Ottos Comprehensive..so long ago we had intended to construct a school in that Tomlinson’s area,” Browne said.
Meantime, a contest will be held to name the school, and at least one suggestion has come forward from the Chairman of Cabinet: The Tim Hector High School.