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New name for school

From left: Architect, Maurice Clarke, Principal Stephen Jackman and Minister Ronald Jones going over the blue print of the new addition basement.

The St. Lucy Secondary School is now the Daryl Jordan Secondary School.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones announced the name change this morning as he and other ministry officials toured the institution.

Jordan was the schools’ founding principal in 1971. He served for many years at its helm and was described as a prominent figure in Barbados, and in particular, the northern parishes.

Jones said the whenever people moved through any parts of St. Lucy, St. Andrew or St. Peter the named most people associated the school with was Jordan, so it was fitting the institution held his name. The school will be officially renamed at a ceremony in October, when there are also plans to name the new auditorium.

Today’s tour took in two schools and was to allow ministry officials to view the progress of renovations taking place.

Jones said that while the auditorium at the Trents, St. Lucy school not completed, it was “absolutely beautiful” and he as well as the Ministry of Education were very pleased with its progress.

“Even though St. Leonard’s Boys’ [auditorium] is beautiful, this is beginning to challenge St. Leonard’s… This is really an outstanding facility.

“It means that the community in the north will have a facility for good productions: theatre productions, musical productions and this is something that has been needed in the north for a very long time. Notwithstanding that we have had halls at the Alexandra School and Coleridge & Parry School, but this really brings to the North a magnificent facility,” he said.

Work started on the structure in 2009 and contractors experienced some delay because of problems with the foundation. Initially, the minister said, they thought about finding another location but that was ruled out because it would cost too much to start from scratch. As a result, the engineers were able to add a basement floor which will be transformed to useful space, Jones said.

With the inclusion of the basement, the project was estimated to cost under $5 million, the minister said. However, he assured that the cost overrun did not mean that wastage took place.

He added that the facility was expected to be completed within the next three weeks, in time for the start of the new school term.

When the building is finished, architect on the project, Maurice Clarke, told Barbados TODAY, an estimated 900 movable seats would occupy the ground floor while 250 permanent seat would be were available on the first floor.

The combined area of the ground floor and the first floor is 18,500 square feet, while the basement, when completed will provide another 12,000 square feet. The structure is fitted with a control room, two bathrooms for public use, male and female changing rooms equipped with lockers for performers who will have their own access area. The auditorium is fully wheelchair accessible.

Downstairs the building will have five classrooms, storage and physical education facilities and a music room, with provision for solar power to run equipment used there, while the rest of the complex will use power from the national grid.

Clarke said the construction of the building was geared towards Government’s directions of making Barbados a green economy, and hence there were plans to eventually power the whole building using solar energy.

“Everything is about keeping it as green as we can. It was designed in a way to minimise the energy consumption in the building. That is critical to reduce energy consumption. It is supposed to be a relatively green building and while we are not fully there yet it is designed to incorporate the full implementation of solar systems at a later stage.

“The type and location of windows are designed for maximum cross ventilation. While admitting natural lighting, the use of balconies over and hanging eaves helps to reduce solar gain,” he said.

The minister and his team also visited the Parkinson Memorial School to be apprised of the progress of the new “state of the art” industrial arts complex being built there. Jones said the estimated cost of the building was $2.9 million and the cost would be split equally between Government and the Maria Holder Trust. (KC)

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