Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
FACED WITH a shortage of furniture, which is compounded by a leaking roof, the race is on to get Boundbrook Primary School in Portland, to a state of readiness for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.
The school, which opened its doors in September 1986, was built to accommodate 300 students. However, because of an influx of students, a double shift system was implemented shortly after, and the student population grew in excess of 700.
"We are experiencing a shortage of furniture," said Lola Palmer, principal. "The outer and inner walls are in need of painting, and electrical repairs need to be carried out. We have already received books from the Ministry of Education, and the electrical repairs could cost up to $30,000. We have always had a smooth start, despite the lack of adequate resources."
Only recently, the school opened its new driveway bridge, which replaced the old one at the foot of Stony Hill Road in the parish.
Sonja Miller, vice-principal of the institution, told The Gleaner that fans are needed in the classrooms, as students are often unable to cope with the intense heat.
"There are leaks in the bathrooms. As a result, these pipes have to be repaired. The roofs of some classrooms are also leaking. With all things considered, we might need to spend approximately $100,000 to undertake and complete the various repairs. The ministry has always made its allocation to us for each quarter. Last year, I believe we received $300,000. However, the ministry's allocation also varies."
Boundbrook Primary School is ranked among the top institutions in the parish.