SBO School board selected

POSTED: 03/8/13 1:32 PM

St. Maarten – The new advanced secondary vocational (SBO) training school that is currently under construction in Cay Hill is expected to be completed and handed over by April, Education Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Wednesday. The school will have 7 board members from various sectors to oversee its affairs.

The minister explained that last October a steering committee was installed for the SBO School that was tasked with nominating members for the school board.
Members from the departments of education and labor, the private sector, the SBO Service Centre, the Chamber of Commerce and school boards SVOBE and FAVE all formed part of the steering committee.
The committee had various tasks including conducting all preparatory and advisory work for the establishment of the new school board for advanced vocational education.

Though the formal advice on board nominees is still to reach Jacobs, she confirmed that Kenrick Housen and Brian Deher were recommended by the Chamber, Stanley Hodge by the Ministry of Education and Martin Hodge of  the Ministry of Labour. Additionally, Harriett Green will represent the Chamber of Labour Unions while Yvette Jessurun-Franca and Marcella Hazel will represent the SVOBE and FAVE school boards respectively.

The new SBO school board is expected to be established officially at the notary at the end of March.
” Memorandums of Understanding have already been signed with the existing providers of SBO education, SVOBE and FAVE which will ensure continuity of existing programs and their transfer to the new school and school board. The relationship between the new school board and government will be formalized through a service level agreement. Use of the new facilities will be regulated through a management agreement similar to the one with the Hillside Christian Schools,” the minister said.

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