St James Municipal Corporation to provide

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Mayor of Montego Bay and chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis is revealing that the corporation will be spending just over $7.6 million in the coming weeks to assist parents in the parish with their back-to-school expenses.

“The initiative sees each of the 17 councillors receiving $450,000 to spend on back-to- school support for children in their division,” Mayor Davis announced.

Mayor Davis said he is aware that with funds being limited, not every back-to-school request will be granted, but efforts will be made to assist the most needy and vulnerable parents in offsetting their children's back-to-school needs.

“I am aware that the needs are great. However, it should be noted that we have limited financial resources and as such we will be making every effort to assist the most vulnerable and needy citizens with some of the expenses associated with sending their children back to school come September. We would be very happy if we were able to grant every request, but financial resources are limited, and as such we just have to be frugal in our spending,” he argued.

Back-to-school support for children in St James will come in the form of book vouchers, which will only be presented by the respective councillors.

Meanwhile, more than 70 students from the constituency of St James Southern will be presented with scholarships on Sunday by the councillors from that constituency.

The presentations to the students, who averaged between 80 and 100 per cent in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) takes place during a ceremony scheduled for the Springfield Baptist Church, starting at 3:00 pm.

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, will be the guest speaker at the function.

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