JIS News

Some 17 schools in Clarendon are part of a repair programme being carried out by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) under its Hurricane Ivan Reconstruction programme.
Technical Officer with responsibility for the Hurricane Ivan Reconstruction Programme at JSIF, Gerald Murray told JIS News that under Phase One of the programme, 13 schools have been repaired while work on one is 90 per cent completed.
Work commenced on the schools when Phase One began in December last year (2004). They included the John Austin, Portland Cottage, Main Ridge, Chapelton and Sunbury All Age Schools, Milk River, Watsonton, Mitchell Town, Victoria, Smithville and Alley Primary, the Faith Basic and the Hope Basic Schools.
“All of these schools are 100 per cent complete, except for the Portland Cottage All Age which is 90 per cent complete,” he said.
To date contracts totalling some J$25.2 million were awarded as a matter of priority to have these schools completed, he pointed out.
“We have carried out quite a bit work under Phase One of the Hurricane Ivan Reconstruction Programme in four of the parishes which have been hardest hit by Hurricane Ivan including Manchester, Clarendon, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth. It is to be noted that the Portland Cottage, Alley, Milk River and Mitchell Town are all schools located in or near to the southern coast of Clarendon which we know experienced significant damage due to storm surges in that area of the parish,” he highlighted.
The 14 schools are part of a total of 47 schools in central Jamaica, which have undergone reconstruction under the first phase of the project.
According to Mr. Murray under Phase Two of the programme, which commenced in May this year, the Sunbury Basic School, the Rock River Primary and the Wanstead All Age Schools were in the initial stages of reconstruction with design being done for the Sunbury Basic School. Work for the Rock River Primary and the Wanstead All Age schools are about to be tendered.
“Phase 1 is where we wanted to repair schools that didn’t have a great deal of damage and so we asked contractors to take a look at the work and submit some estimates. Phase 2 however is where we looked at schools with a lot of damage and we engaged the services of consultants to prepare estimates and sketches to allow these to go out to tender,” he explained.
According to Mr. Murray reconstruction involves re-roofing, repairs to roofing of buildings, the installation or replacement of ceilings, the installation of sheeting on existing metal frames, installation of hurricane straps, and fascia boards, installation and repairs to windows and doors, electrical repairs and installation, guttering of buildings, painting and general repairs.
He also said that in the second phase, 54 Primary, Basic, All Age, Infant and Junior High schools in all 14 parishes were expected to benefit.
The Hurricane Ivan Reconstruction programme is being carried out by the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR) with JSIF as one of the implementing agencies.Funding is being provided by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and the Government of Jamaica.