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KINGSTON — Construction work at the Steer Town High School, in St. Ann, is expected to be completed soon, with Cabinet’s approval of a $270.85 million contract to D.T. Brown Construction.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure at the post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

“The original contract was awarded to Jatlin Construction and Associates Limited, which had completed approximately 67 per cent of the works,” he said.

This project is being undertaken through the Education Transformation Programme, which seeks to give greater focus to the reform of the systems, business processes and quality of the sector.

This is expected to improve outcomes, through focus on supporting a modernised and transformed system of governance, management, and improved accountability.

Work on Steer Town High, a 1,200-place school, started in October 2008 and was initially projected to end October 2009. The completion date was revised to January 2010, then to December 2010. It was further projected to be completed in August 2011. The initial contract sum was $484 million.

At the first contract signing ceremony in October 2008, Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness had pointed out that the new school would have 21 classrooms and 17 laboratories, and would accommodate persons with special needs.

He also pointed out that the design would take into consideration, safety and security issues.  

The school will also have an auditorium, a 60-student capacity library, a multi-purpose hard court, a playing field, wheelchair ramps and other conveniences.



By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter