Students of the University of Guyana’s Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry will now benefit from a new Study Room in addition to new offices which were on Wednesday morning officially opened.The expansion which cost some $30 million was approved follow complaints from a senior lecturer of the faculty.Approval was given in November last for the expansion on the building which now houses the Study Room and new offices.A number of lecturers of the faculty were reportedly without facility to carry out their duties and some 220 students of the said faculty were also without a studyThe new srudy room and office buildingroom.As such, following a number of discussions, a building committee was formed and the construction got underway.According to the Dean of the faculty, Owen Bovell, despite a number of challenges faced while the construction was underway, he is pleased with the end result.“We are indeed grateful for the support that was given especially from the Vice Chancellor. We had a conversation when we felt as if the building would no longer come into creation. I had a word with him and he was on the same page with me, he said no Dean Bovell, you must have this building. We worked and we got initiation of the process,” the Dean explained.He highlighted that the project was one which received tremendous support and commended the contractor for a “job well done”.According to Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, much more is to be celebrated other than the university’s expansion.“It is not only this that we are sitting and standing in (pointing to the floor of the faculty)… some of the challenges with constructional space adequacy, lecturer space adequacy, student engagement space adequacy, also mindful for some of the safety hazards, this extension involves enclosing the bottom there, it involves creating this patio, it involves creating a sanitary block, it involves creating a fire escape as safety is critical, instructional and student engagement space is critical” Griffith said in his remarks.He noted that the fortitude of the University is being celebrated in finding the money for the project. Griffith added that he was embarrassed when he previously toured the faculty.“I have been embarrassed at so many of the elect at our University but I was especially embarrassed when I did a tour of the faculty to see the condition. So we have been fixing and facing other improvements first. Even the furniture of this faculty lounge was terrible so I have to reach into the Vice Chancellor’s fund to have it fixed,” Griffith revealed. The Agriculture’s Ministry Permanent Secretary, Delma Nedd noted that agriculture is one of Guyana’s main pillars which will pave the path towards our sustainable development. She added that the expansion at the faculty will provide several opportunities for the students which will “benefit the agriculture sector”. Following the remarks, the ribbon was cut thus officially opening doors to the new building.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But Anderson said his legal experience helps the board in its decision-making. “The superintendent and others have said that more than once my insights have been very helpful because we have thorny legal issues to deal with once in a while,” he said. Baird said legal experience isn’t that meaningful, but he also brings business experience to the board. “I’ve got my finger on the pocket book,” he said. “I know from experience how you get the best bang for your dollar. It’s through long-term planning.” Morales points to his experience as an educator. WHITTIER — Are there too many lawyers on the Whittier Union High School District’s school board? Challenger Brian Beelner believes so and is basing his campaign for one of three open board seats on the fact that two attorneys on the board is too many. The two attorneys, Leighton Anderson and Jeff Baird, are incumbents. Educator Alex Morales is the third incumbent seeking re-election; all three are seeking third terms. “I’m a licensed certified public accountant,” Beelner said. “I’m running against two attorneys (Anderson and Baird). The three incumbents don’t have the financial expertise I have. I don’t think an attorney or an educator (Morales) has the experience that I have.” “I have served on a K-8 school district board. I’ve served on a community college board. I teach at a university. And I work with schools throughout the state and even in the country,” Morales said. All three incumbents also point to the 454-point gain in the district’s Academic Performance Index scores. It was the largest gain among all Los Angeles County students. “We have turned the corner, as far as the state and federal mandates for high-stakes tests,” Morales said. But Beelner said the test scores still weren’t good enough. “Seven percent of our students are proficient in geometry,” he said. “The state average is 22 percent. That doesn’t show the level of proficiency I would like to see in our school district.” Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!