New $15m private school
COME SEPTEMBER, Barbados will have another secondary school.
Providence Secondary School, estimated to cost $15 million, will join Providence Elementary School on Francia Plantation.
It will accommodate five form levels, with two classes of 22 students at each level.
This was announced by principal Tom Sheedy last Friday when chairman of the board of trustees, Eugene Melnyk, broke the ground for the new addition, which is expected to be completed and handed over by July.
Sheedy pointed out that the primary school, which was opened six years ago with a roll of 33 students, had evolved to a point where its roll had grown to 248 students, and there was even the formation of one first form secondary level class, with growing demand for the establishment of a secondary school.
Present students could continue at the new institution or move on to Government secondary schools, Sheedy said.
However, those students would be given preference for entry into the Providence secondary section.
The principal also revealed that in addition to offering conventional classes, the school would include a sport, music and arts centre, with plans for the addition of a swimming pool some time in the future. (LK)
Pictured, chairman of the board of trustees, Eugene Melnyk, breaking ground for the Providence Secondary School while his wife Laura Melnyk (third right) and principal Tom Sheedy (second right), Philip Tempro (right) of Jada Construction, along with First Form students and their teacher Sophia Torrence look on.