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Ruel Reid sent on leave as JC principal amid corruption probe

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Reid ... was sacked as Education Minister last Wednesday

The Board of Management of Jamaica College (JC) says de facto principal Ruel Reid has been sent on leave amid a major corruption investigation.

Reid, who had been education minister since 2016 was asked to resign by Prime Minister Andrew Holness last Wednesday amid corruption allegations.

In 2016, Reid who became JC principal in 2006 was granted two years secondment to the serve as Education Minister.

In 2018, he was given three years special leave to continue as a government minister.

But with his sacking, the JC board said members agree that Reid should proceed on leave while it investigates the allegations.

In a statement issued to the media, the board also said Wayne Robinson will continue to act as principal.

It also said board members are awaiting a meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness about the allegations against Reid.

Meanwhile, the JC board said Reid has not been paid a salary by the school since he was granted leave.

However, it said Reid was allowed to continue to occupy the house owned by the Jamaica College Trust which was assigned to him as principal.

The board has also sought to clarify a Gleaner report about the Jamaica College Ashenheim Stadium.

It said the stadium was fully funded by the Ashenheim family.  

However, on the day of its official opening, the school received a $10 million grant from the Sports Development Foundation.

"We are most grateful for this contribution which will be used to acquire maintenance equipment and services and construct additional bathroom facilities for the stadium," said a spokesperson in the statement.

However, it said no other funds were received from the government for the stadium.

The Gleaner had reported that Reid made a donation of $20 million and the board was preparing to return it.

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