Specifics offered about Clifton Hunter

Some costs and uses outlined

Clifton Hunter High School in Frank Sound is a $100 million investment by the Cayman Islands government that will continue to cost the territory a considerable amount of money to operate 
on a yearly basis. 

During an exclusive interview with the Caymanian Compass, officials at the Ministry of Education detailed some of the costs involved with running the school going forward, as well as the finer points about the new school. 

According to the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer Kimberly Kirkconnell, “No new posts were created for the new school. However, some positions had to be replaced with new staff due to current staff leaving the system.” 

She added the school would cost the government in the region of $167,000 per month to run on a monthly basis and pointed out that there would be 841 students attending the institution. 

With regard to busing children to and from Clifton Hunter High School, Mrs. Kirkconnell revealed that this would cost the government about $800,000 per year. She said the public would eventually have access to the facility for certain activities. 

“The school facilities will most likely be open to the public after Christmas, but the ministry will review the facility at the end of October 2012 to assess this feasibility. The delay in opening to the public is to allow time for students and teachers to settle into their new environment,” she said. 

Mrs. Kirkconnell also detailed some of the uses that will be available at the school for the public. 

“It is expected that initially the following will be available for public use: the gym and courts, the field at weekends, the pool at weekends (if qualified lifeguards are supplied), and the performance hall and the dance studio.” 

The scheduled 28 August start of the new school year for Clifton Hunter High School students is tentative.  

Cayman Islands Education Minister Rolston Anglin said he would be getting an update on the status of whether the date will have to be moved to a later one for the new school, which is located at Frank Sound in Grand Cayman.  

“Whether we can get in for 28 August is something I am waiting to get word on. Everything is on schedule for the construction, but we still need to get approval from planning. I had a meeting with contractors and construction management and it’s going to be tight; tighter than what I was told in July,” Mr. Anglin said.  

He said that in the event that school did not get started on 28 August, the Ministry of Education would simply push back the date to a week later and make up the time over Christmas and Easter. 

Clifton Hunter High School

The new Clifton Hunter High School campus is seen at Frank Sound in Grand Cayman. – PHOTO: TAMMIE C. CHISHOLM

3 COMMENTS

  1. What is not adressed in this article is the fact that CI borrowed that 100 mil at 6% interest or 6 million/year. This is 7,000 per student per year in interest! This is before busing/extra operating/ staffing etc! My eyes glaze over!

  2. Now that we have made a huge investment in facilities for education, with the associated bills that go with them how do we then invest in the education provided to the students attending?

    Perhaps we can look at ways to both alleviate the bills to keep our new facilities operating and also prepare the youngsters attending for what their experiences will likely be when they graduate. Why not open the public education system to foreign nationals? If the student is not Caymanian they can pay an annual school fee just like they would at a private school.

    I would guess that the Ministry of Education knows what it costs on a per student basis so it shouldn’t be too difficult to establish the fee. This income then would offset a portion of the fees for the new facilities and alleviate some of the bet burden.

    As a side benefit to the students would be exposure to a wider range of experiences that would ultimately help prepare them for work both here in Cayman, or abroad. It might also reverse some of the divisions that have grown between foreigners and Caymanians. Things were much more this way when expatriates used to attend the public schools.

    But then again, I’m just a dog.

    Rocky the Dog.

  3. If the purpose of locating the Clifton Hunter High School in Frank Sound was to provide schooling for children from the eastern end of the island, then surely the cost of busing the children to and from Clifton Hunter could also be shown as a SAVINGS over what it would have cost to bus them to a from a high school in George Town.

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