Minister's praise for modern school facility


Jerome Fitzgerald

FREEPORT – Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald and Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville agree that the newly-relocated Lewis Yard Primary School with be a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

The two ministers touched on the relocation of the campus from its site at Lewis Yard, to the old St Vincent De Paul School in Hunters, while in Grand Bahama for the opening of the new school year on Monday.

Since becoming Minister of Education in May, Minister Fitzgerald said he moved quickly to remove teachers and students from the old Lewis Yard campus.

In recent years, the school had to shut down early on a number of occasions due to strong odours coming from the neighbouring industrial park area.

On Monday night, while attending the official launch of the Petroleum Products and Measure Course Pilot Programme at Pelican Bay, Dr Darville used the occasion to publicly thank Mr Fitzgerald for his efforts, and likewise acknowledge the support of BORCO in the relocation process.

Mr Fitzgerald had mentioned a contribution of $102,000 from the Grand Bahama Port Authority for repairs to the St Vincent De Paul School to accommodate the Lewis Yard Primary School students.

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) is donating in excess of $100,000 in the form of computers, printers, desks, chairs and other related supplies.

Both ministers walked the expanded campus and expressed satisfaction with the improvements to the institution.


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