Thieves plague Portland school

Published: Monday | December 9, 2013 Comments 0
Windsor Primary School in the Rio Grande valley of Portland. - Photo by Gareth Davis Sr
Windsor Primary School in the Rio Grande valley of Portland. - Photo by Gareth Davis Sr

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

Plagued by residents who enter the school's property regularly and incidents of theft, Natalie Burke, principal of Windsor Primary School in the Rio Grande valley of Portland is pleading for perimeter fencing.

Burke says she has been clamouring for a perimeter fence to be erected for more than a year as uninvited guests have, on many occasions, found their way on to the compound and carry out illicit acts.

"I submitted a proposal to the ministry of education more than a year ago," commented Burke.

"At that time the estimate to do the fencing that I submitted, was $3 million. I got back a response, which indicated that schools in volatile communities will receive first priority. I have since taken the decision to submit a similar proposal to the Jamaica Social Investment Fund," added Burke

According to the principal, persons have easy access to the school property, as they are able to simply walk in, unnoticed and unannounced, and use the bathrooms, steal Nutri-buns, bulbs, and other items.

"We would welcome the perimeter fencing as it would create some levels of assurance and sense of security, especially for the students, who have to use the bathrooms daily."

 

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