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The science laboratory at the 230-year old Rusea’s High School in Hanover was officially re-opened on Monday (June 25) following a US$50,000 refurbishing project.
The project was financed by the Fiesta Hotel group, which is constructing the Grand Palladium Hotel near the town of Lucea.
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, and husband of Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, Errald Miller, who are past students of the institution, were on hand to participate in the re-opening ceremony.
Professor Hall, in his address, described the occasion as one worthy of celebration, as it sent a message that there is hope for the future of the school and the parish. Citing the many distinguished graduates of the institution, he assured the Fiesta Group representatives that they are investing in a legacy of excellence.
Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Jesus Silva, who brought greetings, said the project came out of the ongoing partnership between Jamaica and Spain.
He lauded the occasion as a good example of the importance of co-operation between the private sector and the communities in which they operate. “Especially, I am very happy to see that the Spanish companies are taking an important role in this partnership,” he stated.
He expressed the view that investors in Jamaica, including the Fiesta Group, are interested in investing in the future, which without a doubt, is the education of the nation.
“Certainly, you are a school that has produced excellence in the past, and I think that it’s important for everybody but also for the Spanish investors that this excellence and this place of excellence is well kept and is supported,” he stated.
Meanwhile President of the Rusea’s Old Students Association (ROSA), Lloyd Tomlinson, used the occasion to outline a major improvement plan for the school, which has been conceptualized and documented by his organization.
The plan, which has been approved by the board of governors of the institution, is expected to cost approximately $100 million.