The Isabella Morris Primary School in Carrot Bay might be transformed into a high school campus for junior students.
Minister of Education Myron Walwyn made the announcement yesterday during a meeting with residents in First Electoral District.
The primary school was temporarily closed after sustaining severe damage from the hurricanes and is one of five schools to benefit from a $65 million loan being given to the education ministry for repairs.
But Walwyn said government is mulling whether to use the funds to repair the facility to its original form or develop it.
“It’s a conversation we need to have about the development about Isabella Morris as to whether or not we should put it back as primary school or whether we should use the chance and have a national conversation – of course, mainly so with persons within this district – to see whether we should make that into a junior school,” Walwyn said to residents in Carrot Bay.
His idea was well received by First District Representative, Andrew Fahie and Carrot Bay residents who said they support and are ‘excited’ by the idea.
Walwyn said if the idea is discussed and approved, the Carrot Bay-based school would be used to service junior secondary students on the western end of Tortola while another junior high school would be created for students on the eastern end of the island.
The minister also noted the possibility of a junior secondary school in central Tortola.
He explained that students would relocate to the Elmore Stout High School campus in Road Town when they matriculate to the senior level which runs from Grade 10 to Grade 12.
While stating that he too is excited about the prospect of creating separate junior high schools on opposite ends of the island, Walwyn said he does not know when the project would get off the ground if it is approved.
“I’m not properly seized of everything that needs to happen there so I would not be able to give you a timeframe,” Walwyn told residents.