BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau email@example.com MONTEGO BAY, St James
THE Cornwall College Old Boys' Association last week broke ground for the construction of a $20-million chapel on the grounds of the 116-year-old institution.
The initiative, which is aimed at enhancing the moral and spiritual growth of students at the school, is being spearheaded by the Tampa chapter of the Old Boys' Association.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony last Thursday, president of the association Dr Cecil Aird said the building will be energy efficient and will be a place of reverence.
"We are looking at solar-powered air-conditioning for the chaplain's office and bathrooms, and we hope that one will feel the presence of God in this atmosphere," he said.
Aird later told the Observer West that construction of the facility is expected to start within the next four months and should be completed by June next year.
The project, he noted, will be financed through a raft of fund-raising activities.
"We have established a fund-raising committee, have hired a professional fundraiser and we are planning to target some of our past students, both locally and overseas," he explained.
According to Aird, some US$28,000 has already been raised by his chapter to assist in the construction of the chapel.
He added that the architectural drawings have been completed and submitted to the relevant authorities, including the St James Parish Council, for approval.
School principal Denham McIntyre, in his remarks at the ground breaking ceremony, said the school's Parent-Teachers' Association and students have thrown their full support behind the initiative.
"We hope the chapel will, among other things, add substantial dimension and value to the schools' chaplaincy programme, provide [an] operational base for our chaplain and inspire confidence... We also hope it will aid in instilling positive values," he said.
He added that the school has already confirmed the appointment of Reverend Kenroy Salter as the school's chaplain.