Michele Rollins and her family have committed 13 acres of prime property at Rose Hall. Adam Stewart has been drafted as chairman. And the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SPJF) is throwing its weight behind Montego Bay’s first private international academy.
Construction of the Rose Hall Academy and International School, on which the partners are spending US$1.5 million, will break ground next January.
They are shooting for an opening date for the school in September 2018, said Stewart at the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the academy.
Local architect, Design HQ, which is owned by Isiaa Madden, will design the school pro bono.
“Already, we have received pledges, which amount to half of a million US dollars,” Stewart said at Thursday’s signing ceremony.
The partners hope to raise the rest of the money through fundraising, locally and internationally.
Stewart, the CEO of hotel chain Sandals Resorts International, said that with Montego Bay being the fastest growing city in the last six years, the city’s capacity to manage the advancement needed to be revisited.
“Sustainable growth requires a symbiotic, systematic and continued infrastructural development. Educational infrastructure is one such key component,” he said.
Published in the Jamaica Gleaner
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