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On-site Report: Education Minister the Hon. Rolston Anglin and Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues receives an on-site status report.

Published 17th December 2010, 9:41am

Work on the Clifton Hunter High School site will ramp up to full capacity come February 2011, but in the interim there's still a lot happening on that campus.

Approximately 90 tradesmen and supervisors will continue concrete works into late December. Roofing work continues on five of the school's seven buildings and window installation has begun on three.

Accompanied by his ministry's Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues and Deputy Chief Officer Christen Suckoo, Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin recently visited the site to assess the project's progress.

"It feels good to finally visualise some of the changes we have had to make, as the Ministry, Department of Education Services and school staff have continued to work on plans and preparations," he said. "They will have a huge impact on teaching and learning.

"Given the challenges we've faced, I'm happy with the progress. It excites me that we're talking about potentially occupying the site in September 2011."

Asked about progress made since the departure of general contractor Tom Jones, the Minister confirmed that much had been accomplished.

He advised that the school's category-five windows had been manufactured during that time and that a large percentage of the mechanical and electrical works had also been completed.

But of equal importance to him was the positive impact the project continues to have on the local construction industry.

According to a status report from Education Ministry Project Manager David Benoit, a total of 32 contracts have been awarded and another 15 tender packages are active. The report also mentioned 12 additional small contractors who are supplying material and equipment to the site.

"It's great to see and interact with the number of young Caymanians working on the site. Their employment is crucial to our economy," Minister Anglin commented. "I'm especially happy for the smaller contractors who've won small-works projects."

On completion, the Clifton Hunter High School will provide amenities including an indoor gymnasium, 25-metre pool, a performing arts building and a vocational and technical education building for some 750 students, organised into three academies.

The school will become a home-away-from-home for all secondary-level students living in areas east of Spotts Newlands Road.