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'Futuristic approach' being taken for new JvD Primary School – Hon de Castro

A futuristic approach will be taken for this new multipurpose facility Jost van Dyke Primary School, which will be built with the community and their future generations in mind according to subject Minister, Hon Sharie B. de Castro. Photo: GIS
According to the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), the new Jost van Dyke Primary School will be more of a multi-purpose educational facility. Photo: RDA/Facebook
According to the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), the new Jost van Dyke Primary School will be more of a multi-purpose educational facility. Photo: RDA/Facebook
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke - A futuristic approach will be taken for the new Jost van Dyke Primary School, which will be built with the community and its future generations in mind.

This is according to Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Hon. Sharie B. de Castro (Al), while providing remarks on September 15, 2022, during a Pre-Construction meeting at the school while in Jost van Dyke.

'Project long in coming'- Hon de Castro

The meeting, which was in partnership with the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), along with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, has the aim of discussing the construction of the new Jost van Dyke Primary School, which is about to commence.

“I know that this project is a long time in coming, and the community is looking forward to seeing the ground start to be dug up so that we could actually see progress being done.

“We’ve come to a very good point in this project and we look forward to being able to answer any questions that you may have as we seek to ensure that the community continues to be involved in the discussions surrounding this project,” Hon de Castro stated.

She further added that Government is looking forward to the project to meeting the needs of the community holistically.

Dr Neil M. Smith, Director of Programme Strategy, in his remarks also emphasised the impact of this huge development on Jost van Dyke and what it will do for the entire community.

Multi-faceted facility

On August 25, 2022, the RDA held a contract signing and groundbreaking ceremony for the multifaceted facility that will encompass 13 classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, music room, staff room, kitchen, bathroom facilities, principal’s office, storage rooms, 75-thousand-gallon cistern capacity and a learning resource centre.

Local construction firm Quality Construction Limited was awarded the contract for the building of the School to the tune of $4,333, 743.86.

According to RDA, six pre-qualification applications were received for the project, including five from the Virgin Islands and one from St Lucia. 

The construction of the new school is not being done at the same location of the new school, rather has adopted a change in to facilitate a stronger and greener building given the current school is prone to flooding in the current area.

19 Responses to “'Futuristic approach' being taken for new JvD Primary School – Hon de Castro ”

  • THE big KID (19/09/2022, 14:49) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    YOU SHOULD NOT PUT A CHULD TO DO AN ADULT JOB , SITTING DOWN IN THE STREET CAN BE DONE BY ANYONE , FOR MANY REASONS , THE STUNTS THAT WAS PULLED OFF BUT THOSE PUPPETS , SHOWED THE LACK OF INTEGRITY / HONESTY ETC , AND AM SURE EVERYONE REALISED BY NOW IT WAS TO CREATE DISTRACTIONS FOR THEIR CLANDISTINE BEHAVIOR WHICH BROUGHT THE COUNTRY TO WHERE WE ARE NOW
  • @ThHE big KID (19/09/2022, 17:08) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    CHUPES...CHILE GO SIDUNG
  • c (19/09/2022, 17:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Futuristic? Ha
    • TruDat! (20/09/2022, 08:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yeah - futuristic - like "virtual" in the metaverse - no real school just a pipe dream in the cloud...
  • You are Wrong (19/09/2022, 18:31) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Please lets respect our leaders !!We're on this Journey together!!
    • Really??? (20/09/2022, 08:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Respect is earned. When these MS start to do something worthy of respect then we will see - at the moment it's all talk and no action. But, maybe, there is less thieving at the moment. Maybe.
  • Another view (19/09/2022, 19:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The building could have multiple functions - School, community center, Hurricane shelter, etc.
    • Migoman (19/09/2022, 20:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      ALL schools should be built to the standards of enis adams school.
    • @ another View (20/09/2022, 08:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The VIP Government was not minded to have the school serve as a community center and a hurricane center. The view is held that the school should be separate from those, as in the case of any disaster the ability to for students to return to "normalcy" thereafter should be uninhibited. It would be difficult to do so especially if the school serves as a hurricane center and displaced persons would be likely to remain there indefinitely. Also potential security risks to children.
  • A Chance (19/09/2022, 20:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let me see you pull a hat trick. Just see if it trends. I’ll give you a chance on this. Don’t let us down.
  • my 2 cents (19/09/2022, 20:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    I still voting for her but she weak
  • @ another View (19/09/2022, 21:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    You understand ,/ the farmers market is another one /IF multi purpose building is in their minds they can build a 3 stotmry building there 2nd and 3rd floors for OFFICES Aand the ground floor for a state of the art market / if another IRMA ,passes through here again ( GOD FORBID , dem TINGS will be flying nin the wind - 0R flying objects
  • @ @ the big KID (19/09/2022, 21:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    OK , oops you got touched smile ,the truth has that kind of effect ( sorry no offence
  • 911 (19/09/2022, 21:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    dam if you do dam if you dont
  • WEW (20/09/2022, 08:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does this mean it will be built to last AT LEAST 50 years ? Or just long enough for the contractors to be paid ?
  • eating good (20/09/2022, 08:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    someone been eating really really good. If she gets my vote she gets a lot. She lost me big time.
  • shabazz (20/09/2022, 09:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    "One term"
  • Qc coi rda (20/09/2022, 21:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Somebody in government have shares in qualifying construction?
    How he getting all the eats so?
    Heads of government


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