Last week there was a meeting at San Pedro Town Hall between the "Calendar Girls", Pirate, Mayoress Paz, the director of the Belize Roman Catholic Schools, his accountant, and the Principal. I also attended.
I couldn't begin to tell all of you what kind of thought process, planning and dillemas face the school project. But I'll try!
There are nearly 900 students at the school. The most in all of Belize!
They need more classrooms, but have to maintain a certain "playground" area.
They want to move 240 students to the DFC housing area.
The DFC won't give them any land.
The school sits on a prime lot a block from the beach, probably worth a million $$ US!
They can't sell because there is no alternative site.
An estimated 200 children on the island don't attend school for various reasons.
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School gets $0 from the Vatican.
But now the good news...
Thanks to the Calendar Girls and the SPSC's fundraising AND hard work tracking down the proper officials...
The classrooms have been approved!
New plans need to be drawn and a new bid will be obtained, so it may be a few weeks before things get going. I'm sure there will be a few more minor obstacles to overcome.
Most of you reading this have no idea what these two groups have gone through to get this done. I can assure you it was no simple task.
GREAT JOB LADIES AND SPSC!
p.s. I had nothing to do with the outcome, just an interested observer and reporter.