CI$1.7M deal signed for new Red Bay classrooms

| 12/09/2023 | 21 Comments
(Seated) Ron Wilson and MoE Acting Chief Officer Lyneth Monteith, (standing L-R) DES Acting Director Elroy Bryan, Quantity Surveyor Jason Brown, RBPS Acting Principal Ryan Dale, Ronald Wilson Jr, and DES Facilities Manager Alan Robinson

(CNS): The Ministry of Education has signed a deal with local contractor Ron Wilson’s Equipment and Construction to build three Year 6 classrooms at Red Bay Primary School. The new school block is expected to cost around CI$1.7 million and will allow the three existing Year 6 classes to be converted into three Reception classrooms, each accommodating up to 24 students.

The education ministry explained in a release that the project will result in a full complement of Reception classrooms so that parents in the Red Bay catchment area with Reception-age children would no longer need to seek alternative facilities outside the district due to the limited availability at RBPS.

“Education is the bedrock of our society,” said Education Minister Juliana O’ Çonnor-Connolly. “Every child deserves a nurturing environment to begin their learning journey. Equipping our government schools with ample Reception classes will give children the necessary tools and support to succeed in their educational journey.”

The construction project commenced on 30 August and is expected to conclude by the end of this year.

Funding for the project is being drawn from the CI$45.3 million budgeted in the 2022/23 period for education-related capital projects, including finishing the John Gray High School, expanding the Lighthouse School and beginning work on the new high school on Cayman Brac.

The government also accepted a private member’s motion presented by McKeeva Bush MP (WBW) in April to build a high school in West Bay, which was originally supposed to start before the financial crash of 2008. The minister has said she will do all she can to get the project off the ground before she leaves the political stage at the next election, but at this stage no funds have been set aside for that project.

The original proposal for the Beulah Smith High School project was abandoned during the 2008 economic downturn, but not before the PPM, which was then in government, wasted almost $6 million on preparation work even though no contract had been signed.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    roughly 500$ per square foot.
    a house starts at 200$

    private sector ripping of the nexperienced government officials.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The only thing positive from this story is that the exorcist isn’t present in the photo.

    As pointed out, the $1.7m seems excessive even now! Let’s wait to see how Caymanomics inflates it further!

  3. WBW Czar. says:

    Bring back corporal punishment for misbehaving children.

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    What a price for three classrooms!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Single story nonsense no doubt


  7. Anonymous says:

    Well I surely hope that these classrooms are built better than the cabana at the Eddie Sanchez Park in Prospect. The first Tropical Storm brought it to the ground!!! I just hope that company has persons who know what they’re doing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Education is the bedrock of our society,” said Education Minister Juliana O’ Çonnor-Connolly. “Every child deserves a nurturing environment to begin their learning journey.”


  9. Anonymous says:

    Ron Wilson????? Good night Hannah.

    $1.6mil will turn into $2.5mil, when the actual work done will be worth $500k, and certain politicians who claim they broke will have a nice Christmas

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Education is the bedrock of our society”

    Meanwhile we spit out entitled kids into an adult world with bigoted views, education on par with the developing world if not worse and it only costs us more than basically any other nation on the planet.

    She’s deluded. In fact I lie. There’s no way she is. It’s proof she simply does not care about the people of these islands. Just like every other politician.

    Go to any lodge meeting etc and you’ll see the Caymanian elite mixing and for a select few they will even let you in on the best kept secret of these islands – and that is that they know it’s days are numbered. All they want to do is rinse it for as long and as much as possible so that they have theirs.

    That’s why you don’t see any progress on anything that impacts regular people. They know it won’t last long enough to matter. It will be Jamaica or Haiti by that point. They are filling their accounts so they jump in to the Ark when the time comes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Keep people like Kenneth , Saunders, Seymour and Mac in power and you will most definitely have Jamaica. Keep bringing in Jamaican teachers, and that will seal the deal.

  11. Anonymous says:

    how does it cost 1.7 million to build 3 rooms? at most $600000

    • Anonymous says:

      1:53 you ask a good question. the private sector is constantly trying to rip off the government and then cry about the high cost of government.

      wait until the airport terminal is built in the swamp.

      • Anonymous says:

        Naaah, government will be bankrupt building the new prison, before that can happen.
        Private sector working on that now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kickbacks add up quickly old boy.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Please can someone have Joanna Clarke Primary / Savannah Primary tested for mold, and any contaminated areas be replaced/repaired ASAP as this is long overdue. The school had many areas leak/flood in both TS Grace & TS Ian and to my knowledge mold remediation was not completed. Kids continually get sick very frequently that attend that school, and medical personnel have advised on numerous occasions that most of this is due to mold.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Replace the teachers and managers if you want a better school.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Keep government out of reception. They suck at primary and now they’ll screw up the preschoolers too.

    Sheer idiocy and incomptence.


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