JIS News

A contract valued at $3.5 million, to upgrade the Cacoon Basic School in Hanover, was signed between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the Cacoon Benevolent Society on October 26, at the school.
The upgrading work will include installing grills at the school’s windows and doors, repairing the roof, constructing a sick bay, fencing and equipping the playing area and supplying new furniture for the school. The Cacoon Benevolent Society will monitor the work, which is scheduled to begin within the next two weeks. It should be completed for the beginning of the next school term in January 2007.
Manager of the JSIF Information System, George Blake, pointed out that this was the second JSIF project being carried out in the Cacoon community, with the first being a $9.5 million project to renovate the Cacoon All-age School, which was handed over less than a month ago. He congratulated the community on the pro-active attitude being displayed by all, and urged the members to protect the facilities.
Principal of the Cacoon Basic School, Marcia James, said she was very elated that the much needed improvement work would soon be carried out on the school, adding that the inclusion of the playing area was very integral to the social education of the children of Cacoon. She argued that the approximately 49 students that are enrolled at the school would benefit from a better learning environment.
The community’s contribution to the project will be approximately 11 per cent of the total cost of the project.