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A contract valued at $15 million was signed on March 8 by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), for the expansion of the Middle Quarters All-age School in St. Elizabeth.
The project is expected to last for four months, and will benefit some 414 students and 9 teachers at the institution.
Speaking at the signing, which took place at the school, Human Resource Manager at JSIF, Grace-Ann Miller said the organisation was working “assiduously” to ensure that communities all across the island were assisted to drive their own economic and social development.
“This is only possible, however, through successful partnering between JSIF and the various communities with whom we interact. I am proud to say that this parish of St. Elizabeth can be counted amongst those parishes that we have had a rich history of fruitful partnership,” she said.
She pointed out that to date, some 59 projects had been approved for implementation in St. Elizabeth at a cost of over $400 million.
“This agreement we are signing today, represents a continuation of our support for the development of education in this part of the island and in terms of the scope, we will be working with the Middle Quarters Community Development Committee to construct a standard modular three-classroom block, complete with kitchen and sanitary facilities as well as providing appliances and classroom furniture,” Mrs. Miller indicated.
She noted that the project would be implemented by Howard Construction Company.
“So let me urge both the sponsor group and the wider community to work with the contractor to ensure that the job is completed on time and within budget, and after it is completed, to keep up with the maintenance,” she said.
The community’s contribution to the project is valued at just over $1 million.
The Middle Quarters All-age school was originally built to accommodate some 250 students, but with the increase in the population over the years, the facility has become overcrowded.

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