East Richmond students in grades Primary to 8 are enjoying a newly renovated school. Education Minister Marilyn More joined students, parents, teachers, staff, school board and government officials today, Oct. 8, for the official opening of the East Richmond Education Centre in St. Peter’s, Richmond Co. “Along with the educational benefits provided by the renovations, the school has a new community space and is home to a day care,” said Ms. More. “Expanding the school and providing a place where the community can come together is the right decision to make life better for families in Richmond County.” Previously, East Richmond students attended school at two sites in the same area. As of January 2009, with the additions and renovations complete, all 320 students now attend school in the same building. The $8.2-million additions and renovations include a classroom wing, cafeteria, music room, science room, visual arts space, and a 6,000-square-foot expansion to the gymnasium. “Our state of the art facility allows us to nurture our children and provide them with a rich and varied educational experience,” said Mary Ellen Carter, school principal. “The community involvement has been remarkable and the support provided to us as we progressed through our growing pains has been greatly appreciated.” The renovations and additions also include an assembly space for use by the community. The school is also home to a day care and the St. Peter’s Technology and Learning Centre.
He said that those lands will not be released but the owners will be compensated by being paid more than the actual land value.The Defence Secretary expressed these views at a press briefing in Colombo today. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says land in the North needed for security will not be returned to the owners.Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that land in some areas in the North are required by the military for security reasons.