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MoBay High eyes multimillion-dollar expansion

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Montego Bay High School

Western Bureau:

The Montego Bay High School, which has been a bastion of high-quality education in St James since 1935, is to undergo a multimillion-dollar expansion shortly as the school is poised to acquire an adjoining property, which will then become a part of the school's Union Street compound.

"We are currently gearing up to purchase an additional building to expand the school premises," said Trudy-Ann Hylton, a spokesperson for the Montego Bay High School Past Students' Association. "The building being observed for purchase is directly behind the school's netball court, formerly housing Jacqui's Treasures on Union Street. The purchase will cost J$25 million."

The MoBay Chapter of the Montego Bay High School Past Students' Association, which is the driving force behind the project, believes that the purchase can be made by the end of the current school year. They have unveiled an ambitious calendar of events, which they hope will create a platform to generate funding.

"The extra building will provide additional space for much-needed classroom and facility space for the school," stated Hylton. "The last building erected on the school's premises was the Barbara Smith Building, constructed in the 1980s, which now houses the school's sixth form, information technology laboratories, the cafeteria, and conference rooms."


... Fundraising events to expand school


The first in the series of fundraising events is the school's annual concert, which is dubbed 'Wonderful Women of Worth in Concert - WWOW.CON 5th Edition'. It takes place at the school's auditorium on Saturday, March 3. It will feature distinguished past student Karen Smith, alongside fellow songbirds Patricia Edwards and Gem Myers, appear ing together as PaKaGe.

"Our concert is really in honour of International Women's Day, and as past students of one of the best all-girls schools in Jamaica, it's our honour to host fundraising activities to contribute to the school's expansion. We invite everyone to attend our concert as it promises to be entertaining for the entire family," said Kareen Binns, the president of the past students' association.

The school, which has a strong tradition in academics, sports, 4-H Club, debating competitions, and the arts, especially the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission music and speech festivals, was ranked among the top three schools in Jamaica in 2017.