$75 Million spent on schools

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    The construction of the new John Gray and Clifton Hunter campuses cost $75 million between May 2009 and August 2011. 

    Education Minister Rolston Anglin outlined the figure during a sitting of the Legislative Assembly. He said the contract agreement of Cayman Construction Management Services Ltd, the construction manager, had been extended and now has a revised value of $3,905,000. Originally, he said, the agreement was a value of $2,269,772. But because of numerous delays and procurement of new subcontractors, the original targeted completion date of July 15, 2011, had been moved to February 2012. 

    “The construction manager’s contract relates to the completion of the Clifton Hunter project and the completion of buildings 1, 3, 4C and 6 at the John Gray project, with options for additional services should they be required. 

    “This work was designed, and publicly tendered accordingly, in order to provide the government with maximum flexibility as to how best proceed with the projects, particularly in light of the uncertainty caused by the termination of the former general contractor,” Mr. Anglin said. 


    Safety supervision 

    The construction manager, he said, was supervising all of the construction work performed by the multiple prime contractors and in so doing was required to manage quality control, schedule and safety. 

    “The construction manager is paid on a monthly basis for services rendered, primarily by position on the site, in accordance with the proposal submission and the durations noted. If the schedule is extended through no fault of the construction manager then additional services would be due through the time extension for the positions provided,” the minister said. 

    Opposition leader Alden McLaughlin asked why there had been necessity for such an extension. Mr. Anglin replied the government needed to re-engage the services of subcontractors previously engaged by former contractor Tom Jones International. Because these subcontractors already had knowledge of the job and had been paid by Tom Jones for equipment, to look for another contractor would have ‘lost the dollar value’ in these areas. Further delays could have ensued through any additional tendering process, he said. 


    Tom Jones 

    Mr. McLaughlin enquired as to the status of legal proceedings involving Tom Jones International and the government. 

    Mr. Anglin said the proceedings commenced by Tom Jones International were not for breach of contract, but rather in regard to non-payment of two pay certificates pursuant to the AIA contract. 

    “[Tom Jones International]’s claim that a payment it says is outstanding under the contracts are ongoing. The government is actively defending this action and is currently pursuing an application for orders that [the company] provides security for its costs before the matter proceeds further,” Mr. Anglin said. 

    While a date for the substantive hearing of these claims in Grand Court had not been allocated, it was expected it would take place in early 2012. 

    Related proceedings in which the company sought declarations regarding the validity of two performance bonds provided by Tom Jones International were also before the court and it was anticipated that this application would be listed for hearing at around the same time. 

    “In addition, in September 2010, Tom Jones International issued a Notice to Arbitrate certain other claims under the contracts.  

    The arbitration, which will be conducted privately and will also involve the hearing of various counterclaims by the government, has not yet been progressed by Tom Jones International but is welcomed by the government as a forum in which the claims held by both parties can be resolved fully and finally,” the education minister said. 

    He said due to the matter being before the courts it was sub judice and therefore it was not prudent to go any further into the matter than the answer provided, which had been guided by the government’s legal team. 

    The two schools will have their own facilities to cater for meals, snacks and home economics lessons following a redesign. The production kitchen will be added to the side of the Design and Technology building to accommodate this.  

    Mr. Anglin said the total cost for modifications would be $156,000 and an additional $73,000 for design work.  

    However, he said a previous decision to remove commercial kitchens from the projects had saved the government $750,000, so there was a net 
cost of zero. 

    Rolston Anglin

    Mr. Anglin


    1. With the economy in the USA and Cayman being so bad, I do not understand why building these schools is costing us so much. We are paying way too much for labour. Sure, when times are good, hire unionized people and pay the trades 50.00 or more an hour. But the economy is very very bad — and there are a lot of people out of work. The labour costs can and should be reduced dramatically — probably they could pay half of what they are paying now and get equally qualified people. Did they even try?

    2. The egg will be on Caymans face again and of that I am sure. We just cant seem to do it right and we have the ability to make ourselves look bad on a regular basis. History repeats itself. I cant seem to recall what the hospital project cost us but theres shades of it happening all over again.

      Mr. McLaughlin, youre in over your head and by the time Tom Jones Internbational is finished with this episode, they will need to rename the school to Jones High School.

    3. I think there is a mis-print here……targeted completion date of July 15, 2011, had been moved to February 2012. I think the real date is in August 2012.
      This is a classic case where it makes you wonder if the people who intially procured this project (both local and foreign) really knew what they were doing! Maybe those higly paid consultants should pay for the current delays.

    4. All this money spent on school and alot of kids leaving school with notthing.
      A law should be pass for kids to repeat which ever year they do not pass, so the sooner they see they will not be leaving unless they pass the better it will be for them and their future.

    5. Let me get this right, you mean in Cayman Kids do not have to repeat a grade if they fail ?

      No matter how much money you spend or how fancy you make a school, it still does not matter unless the kids have a desire to learn, these desires must be instilled in them from birth, good teaching and the path to a great education start at home. I am not saying this as a judgment to children in the Cayman Islands, this is so anywhere in the world.

      That seems like a lot of money to spend building a school even in the US, it may have been better spent creating smaller Pilot Schools for the gifted and specialized or Vocational Technical schools for those who need extra assistance or have a specific talent. Programs like these better prepare kids for the real world and would lighten the load on the main campus.

      I am in no way trying to assume I know what’s best for Cayman, I am just making an observation which would be the same if it were in my own hometown.

    6. Great Pyramid of Giza, Statue of Zeus, Lighthouse of Alexandria…I think we could maybe add Cayman Secondary School project to this esteemed list.

      Imagine, the tourists of the world who would flock to see the ‘Oldest New Buildings in the World’, and the ‘Most Expensive Gym Hall in the World’.

      Lady in Red, I am sure you would have failed the English component of your schooling, so may have been kept back. It is a moot point though, as we are now ‘inclusive’, all students are gonna be schooled together, and some students will never ‘pass’ a year in the conventional sense. You are assuming it is only the naughty ones who will be repeating classes, when in fact it may well be those with learning difficulties, who in effect would be punished, for not actually being able to complete the work. If I tried to jump over a three metre fence, I would fail, attempting it again is not going to help me.

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