JIS News

Ground was broken on May 23 for construction of the Anna Miller Basic School in Knockpactrick, Manchester.
The school will be built at a cost of $6 million, with the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) contributing $4 million, while the rest is coming from the Central Manchester Constituency Development Fund.
Principal of the school, Hildred Lewis told JIS News that getting a new building would enable her to concentrate on the development of the 76 pupils enrolled there.
“It is very elating to see that construction is about to start. The building that we are currently operating from is a rented one, and the owners have notified us of their intention to use it for other purposes. Since then, it has been a struggle to find an appropriate site and the funds to build it. The citizens’ association and our political representatives have supported us to reach this far, and we are grateful for their input,” Ms. Lewis informed.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for the area, Peter Bunting said he was pleased to be associated with the project, as it would improve the teaching and learning environment for students and teachers.
“This is a proud moment for all of us who have involved ourselves and time to give the people of the community a basic school to educate their young children. When it is completed it will uplift the spirit of Mrs. Miller who is in her 90s, and who founded the school and has done so much in the area of human development,” he said.
Land for the building was donated by Alpart. Construction is slated to last until the end of January next year.