Schools ready by ’08

Grand Cayman’s proposed new high schools should be ready for the September 2008-2009 academic year.

Education Minister Alden McLaughlin said in the House that considerable consultation has taken place concerning the schools. He was answering a question on the progress and development of the schools.

School design expert Professor Stephen Heppell visited in February and submitted his initial reflections on the school design brief, he said.

‘He has also agreed to act as a consultant with the architects and the Ministry to support not just the design and build but also ensure that our approach to teaching and learning maximises the learning opportunities for our students,’ said Mr. McLaughlin.

Interviews have started for a senior project manager to oversee building of the new schools, he said.

Mr. McLaughlin said the recent transfer of almost $10 million from education to roads will not delay the schools.

He said if he believed for one moment that the moving of funds would compromise the schools, ‘my colleagues would have major problems with me.’

Mr. McLaughlin said there are problems on the West Bay site, which is near the developing Jimmy Powell cricket oval.

There is an overlap between part of the proposed development and the cricket facility, which means another small piece of property may need to be acquired.

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