Photo 1: Edson Elliott, education officer in the Department of Education responsible for secondary schools, hands over keys to the new addition to the Charlestown Secondary School to Principal Juan Williams at a ceremony at the school compound Dec. 13.
Photo 2: The front of “Block A,” the new addition to the Charlestown Secondary School is pictured.
Photo 3: The back of “Block A,” the new addition to the Charlestown Secondary School is pictured.
Photo 4: (Left to right, front row) The Honourable Troy Liburd, junior minister in the Ministry of Communication and Works; the Hon. Vance Amory, premier of Nevis and minister of education; and Kevin Barrett, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, stand with other Nevis Island Administration officials moments before the start of the official handing-over ceremony at the Charlestown Secondary School compound Dec. 13.
New CSS expansion “Block A” commissioned
Charlestown, Nevis – A new set of classrooms “Block A” at the Charlestown Secondary School (CSS) has been commissioned. The keys to the building was handed over to Principal Juan Williams by Edson Elliott, education officer in the Department of Education responsible for secondary schools, at a handing-over ceremony on the school’s premises Dec. 13.
The completion of the building brings to an end the first phase of a project to revamp the physical structure of government-owned learning institutions on the island. The Honourable Troy Liburd, junior minister in the Ministry of Communications and Works, in brief remarks said the project was conceptualized in 2015, but the work was delayed.
“As schools get usage, there’s wear and tear,” he said. “In 2015, Raul Pemberton [director of the Public Works Department] was given the task to come up with a plan to do renovations on the [Charlestown Secondary] School. This building we have here to hand over now was significant and could not be done at that time. Therefore, plans were put in place to come back and put those renovations in place [and] 2017 was the opportune time. So, Public Works put their plans in place to have the work done over the summer.”
The junior minister stated that when construction commenced shortly after the 2017 school year ended, the intention was to have it completed by early September. However, the timeline was hampered by inclement weather from the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The Hon. Vance Amory, premier of Nevis and minister of education in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), expressed satisfaction with the finished product and admonished the students to care for and maintain the facility. He noted the significant improvement of the facility and thanked the supervisor, staff and parents for their patience. He asked the staff to continue to work with the students.
Meantime, Premier Amory said that under the schools renovation project, EC$3.5 million was allocated to the St. James’ Primary School, Gingerland Secondary School, St. Thomas’ Primary School, Gingerland Preschool and the Violet O. Jeffers Nichols Primary School; and EC$900,000 was allocated to Charlestown Secondary School, with the remainder to the Nevis Sixth Form College.
Amory urged students to care for the facilities because they are costly to maintain. “I’m calling on all of the children to see yourselves as part of the investment,” he said. “It is important that we make the investment in all of the upgrades of the premises. The more we care for the premises, the less we have to spend on repairs.”
The school’s principal thanked the ministry for providing additional space at the school for its growing population. He used the opportunity to appeal to the students to care for the school compound and assured that the new block and the entire CSS compound would be cared for.
Other remarks were made by Kevin Barrett, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, and Palsy Wilkin, principal education officer in the Department of Education.
The handing-over ceremony for the new block comes on the heels of another ceremony at the Gingerland Preschool Dec. 12.