Jacobs impressed by new FBE schoolPOSTED: 06/12/12 12:44 PM
Spies gets out of government buildings
St. Maarten – “It’s beautiful.” Those were the first words off the lips of Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs after she toured the new Foundation Based Education (FBE) school in Cay Hill. It was also the first time that Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies toured the facility. She was happy that on her second visit to the island she was able “to see more than just government buildings.”
Jacobs and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined Spies on her tour of the new school, which is being financed with Dutch development aid that’s been channeled through Usona. Construction on the new facility started in 2011 and it is set to open in August.
“I wish that all schools could be like this, but the government intends to give them, at least, the same amenities as soon as possible,” Jacobs said.
This new school in Cay Hill has 16 classrooms, room for two groups of children between three and four, a covered play area, office space for the student care coordinators, a resource center, a teacher’s lounge, a meeting room and offices for the school manager, the school’s administrative personnel and the school board. The school, which costs eight million guilders, will be able to accommodate 400 students, 20 pre-school students, teachers and supporting personnel.
Jacobs, Wescot-Williams and Spies were also able to view the SBO School from a distance. Director of the SBO Service Center Saskia Kliphuis gave an explanation of what the school will look like when it is complete and what the rooms will be used for. The construction of the SBO School, which costs eight million guilders, is also being financed using Dutch development aid that is being made available through Usona as part of the Education, Youth and Sport program.