GREEN PARK SCHOOL TRUST 14TH MEETING WEDNESDAY 16TH APRIL 08
PRESENT; Jackson Olaka ,David Morgan, Cherry Ritchie.
Apologies: Gill Marshall-Andrews
Jackson proposed the Minutes of 11th January seconded by David.
1. School building.
David has met with Masila[ the builder] and visited the site. The walls are up and window frames in. Water and power have not yet been connected .There is also a problem with the drainage. As this was sited on the upper side of the building for some reason the builder will have to excavate to a deeper level .
As regard the interior of the building the Trustees again recommended at the last meeting that a door be installed between classroom one and two. This has not been incorporated in the internal structure of the building so will not now be able to be installed .
In David’s view the final building design and layout will not be what was originally planned. The building completion is behind schedule due to circumstances beyond Masila’s control.
2.There has been no feedback from the Developers as far as the future school management is concerned. At present the school is closed for the holidays .
3.Finance; Gordon Wilson has once again audited Green Park School Trust accounts and was given a small token of thanks by Cherry.
At the meeting it was decided that until the building is completed there would be no financial commitment forthcoming from the Trust .
Fund Raising. Cherry to contact Palicka Bhasin about her fund raising in UK for play equipement in order to ascertain if the funds have been placed in the UK account , the Trust for African schools.
No fund raising is planned at present until the Trust is aware of what is required once the school is completed.
Felix Schoeneman , the son of Horst and Rosie Schoeneman a resident of Green Park visited the school whilst on holiday from Germany at Easter. The school his children attend in Germany is very interested helping support Green Park School and the workings of the Trust. There are provisos that the Trust is seen to be ‘bona fide’ and the management of the school well established. Felix took photos on his visit to the school and took a Trust Brochure back to Germany.
David came up with a good suggestion that the school should operate continually with just short holidays for the teachers except at Christmas when the school could have a slightly longer holiday. Perhaps two weeks at Christmas and two weeks at another time. This was suggested as the children are always at the camp and available for extra schooling and can then be kept occupied .
The teachers would need a slightly higher salary to cover this extra work.
Uniforms; As this is proving difficult to find a tailor who can make so many for a reasonable price Cherry will buy direct from a uniform outfitters with the money she raised in UK. Once Alice has provided the numbers in each size Cherry will visit outfitters in Nairobi.
Date of next Meeting. Wednesday 30th June . To meet at the school at 3.30pm to view the building and then continue the meeting at Cherry’s house.