Representatives of the provincial government, the Cape BretonVictoria-Regional School Board, and students from Rankin Memorialand Christmas Island schools helped break the ground today, Sept.14, for a new, $6.2-million school to serve the Iona area. The Grade Primary to 12 school will have a projected enrolment of155. Education Minister Jamie Muir acknowledged the challenges indesigning a modern school of this type for a relatively smallstudent body, but said active involvement of the community madeit possible. “It has been an excellent example of effective communication andco-operation,” he said. “I would like to thank everyone involved,and say how much we look forward to working with them in bringingthis project to completion.” Mr. Muir said the new school would continue the role of itspredecessor as a focal point for the preservation of Gaelicculture. Elizabeth MacPhee, chair of the Cape Breton Victoria RegionalSchool Board, thanked the Department of Education and communitygroups for their efforts. “I want to thank all here today for their continued support forthe project,” she said. “Home and School, School AdvisoryCouncil, and in particular the School Study Team have committedcountless hours to making this dream a reality. I also want tothank the board members for the area, Keith Bain and DarleneMorrison.” The 35,300 square-foot school is scheduled for completion inMarch 2006. It will replace Rankin Memorial School and Christmas IslandConsolidated School, which currently serve nine communities inthe area. The new building will offer improved facilities in all areas ofschool life, particularly in physical education and music. It is part of an eight-year school construction program funded bythe Department of Education worth more than $400 million. EDUCATION -Work On Iona School Gets Official Launch
“India’s position on the 13th Amendment is very clear. We want it’s full implementation,” he said. India says it will push for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the constitution in full.Speaking to the Jaffna based ‘Uthayan’ newspaper, Indian Union Minister V. Narayanaswamy said that India wants the accord signed between former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayawardena implemented. He said that this message was also conveyed to Minister Arumugam Thondaman when he visited India last week. The Indian Minister said that only through the full implementation of the 13th Amendment can the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka be resolved.