MONTEGO BAY: The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has completed renovation of the Wilsons Run Primary School in Trelawny, at a cost of approximately $31.4 million.
The development, executed under JSIF’s Community Investment Project (CIP), entailed construction of a new sanitary block to replace pit latrines, and a multi-purpose court; expansion of the kitchen, which has been equipped with a new stove and refrigerator; erection of a perimeter fence; paving of the driveway; and extensive renovation of the school building.
Most of the project’s financing was provided by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), with residents contributing just under $1 million.
JSIF’s representatives formally handed over the refurbished school to Principal, Sandor Morris, during a ceremony at the institution on Friday (April 26).
Speaking at the function, JSIF’s General Manager for Human Resource and Communications, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, noted that the project represents a “real transformation” for the students and teachers.
“I am extremely happy to…have seen the job that has been done here. I want to thank the contractor for a job well done. JSIF staff, I thank you all very much. This is a job well done,” she said.
Member of Parliament for South Trelawny, where the school is situated, Marissa Dalrymple-Phillibert, in thanking JSIF, commended the institution’s efforts to improve the infrastructure of educational institutions islandwide.
“The environs of a beautiful building and all the wonderful conditions (accompanying it) will help to make our children do well; (and) our teachers, committed and dedicated as they are, will help to make our children do well,” Mrs. Dalrymple-Phillibert pointed out.
President of the school’s Parent/Teachers Association (PTA), Ainsley Thompson, told JIS News that the improvements have lifted the morale of the community.
“We want to thank JSIF very much for the total reconstruction of the school. Wilsons Run really needed this,” he said.
By Glenis Rose, JIS Regional Office Reporter