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Hampton School board apologises to Education Minister

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 2:00 AM

The board of the Hampton School for Girls has apologised to Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid.

The apology was made in relation to how the board handled Reid's request for a full report regarding principal Heather Murray's appearance on January 5, 2017, at the hearing of the rape case against a minister of religion.

At a meeting on Saturday, February 18, board members endorsed an earlier apology to Reid from board Chairman Trevor Blake.

In his apology, dated February 3, Blake withdrew an earlier statement to Murray's lawyer, which was shared with the media indicating that no agreement had been reached at a January 11 meeting for her to go on two weeks' leave to prepare a full report for the board and the minister.

Blake's letter stated, inter alia: "I unreservedly withdraw my letter of January 16, 2017, and apologise sincerely for releasing same to the press."

The board members also apologised to the minister acknowledging that they had not handled the matter properly.

Reid accepted the chairman's and the board's apologies and indicated that further discussions would be held with the chairman of the Munro and Dickenson Trust, Dr Brian Morgan, on the constitution of the board going forward.