Monday, April 15, 2024

The Island Academy relocates to its new home


When the new school year begins at The Island Academy (TIA) in San Pedro Town, they will welcome its students at a new location. The new home of the private, non-profit primary school will be at a property within the Mahogany Bay Village development located south of downtown San Pedro.

On Tuesday, June 15th, the first of the school buildings from the beach property on Coconut Drive was removed from its foundation, loaded onto a barge, and then transported to its new location. The remaining buildings have been prepped and barged away as well. TIA’s management is looking forward to the new 2021-2022 academic year by August 23rd.

Why the relocation

Founder Lady Dixie Bowen explained that an opportunity arose to move the school to a more family/community-oriented area. Bowen stated that there would be no changes to management or the school’s ownership. The only difference is the relocation of the institution from Coconut Drive to the gated Mahogany Bay community. TIA’s new home will be on a piece of property belonging to David and Lisette Mitchell, who were more than happy to welcome the opportunity to have the school in their area.

TIA was founded in 1995 by Lady Dixie Bowen and her late husband, Sir Barry Bowen. The primary school was created with a vision to enhance the level of education for the island children. The Bowens have financed all aspects of the school without gaining profit from it. TIA has and continues to be their primary contribution to the island community seeking to provide children the educational and social foundations necessary to develop their potential and become productive citizens.

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