After 11 months of post-Ivan rebuilding, the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) has hopes of opening late September or early October.
Although repair work is still ongoing and only a part of the complex will re-open at this time, ICCI president Elsa Cummings said they are happy to be soon resuming classes at the college.
‘ICCI is alive and well,’ she said. ‘It was unfortunate the hurricane damaged a lot of the buildings but renovations to existing buildings and new additions have doubled the space at the school.
‘At that time, there was a lot of debris but what we are now seeing is a lot of material for construction purposes. That is a different kind of feeling and gives the sense that we are moving forward.
‘The second building which used to be the dormitory will now serve multi-purpose functions and house the new administrative offices, classrooms and library and computer room.’
Ms Cummings said there are hopes of building another multipurpose hall, a bigger library, a sports building – which would be used as a hurricane shelter – an alumni office and student office.
‘The full-time personnel have diminished quite a bit so we are restructuring the administration. We are presently asking students to use the online services to register,’ she said.
There have been some glitches but everything is working out, she said. One of the plans is to go computer wireless at the college
Ms Cummings said they would be soliciting the help of students to clean up the school grounds and do replanting.
Although disastrous, Ms Cummings said one could look at Ivan as having created some opportunities for improvement.
‘Students are still at St. Ignatius High School and the administration is being carried from the living room of my home down the road from the school,’ she said.
To avoid losing files from hurricanes or disastrous events Ms Communing said they are storing back-up copies of files in California.