The new West Bay Library is to be named after the teacher Redley Powery.
The library, which opened in April, will be called after the long-time teacher who taught many of West Bay’s senior citizens, the Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush announced at a Finance Committee meeting on Monday.
‘As a stalwart in education, she never taught, that I know about, in government schools, but she made a tremendous impact on education in the district of West Bay,’ Mr. Bush said.
He described how she had run her own one-room school before setting up a school in a mission home belonging to the Church of God for Gospel Hall next door to his grandparents’ homestead.
He said ‘Teacher Redley’ had passed away many years ago, but was still remembered by those she taught.
‘There are many teachers throughout the country…. that have not been recognised,’ Mr. Bush said.
The library, formerly the West Bay Town Hall, has attracted 300 members since it opened six months ago, the committee heard.
Another teacher who will be remembered by having a building named after her is Shirley Kidd, the minister for education Rolston Anglin told the committee.
The school hall at John A. Cumber School, which will be renamed Sir John A. Cumber School, is slated to be renamed the Shirley Kidd Memorial Hall. Ms. Kidd, who passed away in 2004, worked at the school from 1973, was appointed principal in 1997 and served in that capacity until December 2003.
Mr. Anglin gave an update on the West Bay and George Town libraries to the committee.
He said the West Bay Library was proving popular and encouragingly seemed to be attracting young readers, as all the library’s books for very young readers had been checked out after one month.
‘It goes to show that young children are getting the message that reading is fundamental,’ he said.
The old library building in George Town is being revamped to house local art and as a cafe, which he hoped would attract both locals and cruise ship passengers.