by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€“ Just a reminder: Wellington schools start tomorrow.The first official day for the 2016-17 school year is Tuesday for all elementary, middle school and freshman students. New high school students must also attend.Then on Wednesday, all sophomores, juniors and seniors at Wellington High School will start classes.Other dates to remember:Tonight – Wellington Middle School will be holding an open house on tonight for students and parents from 6 to 7 p.m.There is also an information meeting at the Wellington High School for students enrolled in a Cowley Community College course for the fall semester. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents on Monday at 6:30 p.m.Don’t forget about the hamburger scrimmage on Thursday for the football and volleyball team.The schedule is as follows:Football6 p.m. – youth.6:30 p.m. – middle school.7 p.m. – high school.Volleyball6 p.m. – Volleyball scrimmage at middle school. 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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down SixDollarsForBooks · 207 weeks ago We went to the open house at the middle school tonight. We stopped by the library and the librarian told us they didn’t get any new books! I’m already disappointed that I have to take my child to the public library because the books at the middle school have such low reading levels. Why didn’t the library get new books? How can we keep our children interested in reading if we’re not offering them new and trending material? Why does the library not have higher than 6-7th grade level books? The librarian said there’s no money for books. NO MONEY FOR BOOKS?!? But there’s money for a new drive way. There’s money for a new independent gym building. I guess at least we look nice and our athletes are taken care of. Who cares if they’re not well educated. Solution: part of the school fees for our “free” public school system includes $6 for a towel for PE. I’d be happy to provide my own towel and let that $6 go towards something my child would actually benefit from. This is crazy…who comes up with this stuff? Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sarah House · 207 weeks ago There are new books, just not a huge, end of the year order. The middle school library receives about 12 new books every month, which are put out to students as soon as possible. I don’t consider those a new book order, but rather a subscription that comes on a monthly basis, much like a magazine you would receive at home. As for the comment about nothing higher than a 6th or 7th grade reading level, there are several reasons for this. There are many books above this reading level at the MS, but most are nonfiction, a genre that is not most students first choice. Another factor is subject matter appropriateness. There is a great variance between what might be appropriate for a 6th grader and what might be appropriate for an 8th grader. I try to pick books that appeal to this wide range that would be appropriate for all students in the building. Yet one more factor is what authors write. A functional reading level in the US is between 6th and 8th grade, which is where most Young Adult authors write. I think most people would be surprised at the reading level of the “adult” books they read, because authors target the 6th-8th grade level, even for adult books. Our goal at the MS library is to encourage students to select books that appeal to their interest and become more independent in their selection process. Our vision is to help the right book get the right kid at the right time. We have a book fair every year that has the potential to books on our shelves, but that potential is dependent on students and parents purchasing from the book fair. If you have further questions or comments about this issue, I would be glad to talk to you more about it. 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Linden/Lethem trail…after weeks of outcry from commutersOperators commuting the almost impassable Linden-Lethem trail complain bitterly over its worsening condition as a result of the ongoing persistent rainfall, but Government has announced that works would soon commence on several interior roadways when the May/June rainy season is over.This was announced on Friday by the Natural Resources Ministry, which said that with the support of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), it would be moving forward with the maintenance of several roads in hinterland communities that were in a deplorable state. These rehabilitative works will be done also in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry.At the beginning of last month, six road contracts valued at over $650 million were awarded to various contractors for the maintenance of the Rockstone-Mabura, Kurupukari-Annai-Lethem, and the Linden-Ituni-Kwakwani roads. This is in addition to a previous contract that was awarded to JR Ranch for the Manari Bridge realignment in Region Nine, Rupununi that was valued at $83,003, 620.Particularly, rehabilitation of the Linden-Ituni-Kwakwani Road in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will recommence at the end of the May-June rainy season. The contracts were awarded for repairs to the roads to International Imports and Supplies to the tune of $239.7 million. The contractor has mobilised equipment at site, and marking out of the roads has commenced.Meanwhile, maintenance of the Annai to Lethem Road should commence in the first week of June, pending facilitating weather. For this project, the contractor has submitted all bonds, and the mobilisation advance is currently being processed. The contract for the continuing section of the road from Annai to Kurupukari was awarded on the same date.The roads were identified following discussions with the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and several miners and forest operators, whereby concerns were raised that the condition of the roads was hindering their production efforts and costing them more to move supplies in and out of the interior.Concerns raised by hinterland residents during outreaches conducted by the Natural Resources Ministry also guided the decision by the ministry to see its re-engagement into hinterland roads rehabilitation and maintenance.The Linden-Kwakwani road is an important conduit for forest operators, and repairs will also benefit the residents of these two communities and those along the corridor, including the residents of Ituni and Aroaima. The works will include ditching, excavating, section repairs of soft spots, and filling with laterite.In his 2018 National Budget speech, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had indicated that his ministry plans to work with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to improve the intricate road network in the six mining districts. Approximately $2 billion has been earmarked so far for repairs under this initiative. This joint initiative of the GGMC, Natural Resources Ministry and Public Infrastructure Ministry is aimed at maintaining and rehabilitating the roads, and providing the physical infrastructure necessary for these operators to maintain production in the extractive industries.Residents are urged to monitor the works in their communities, and to make reports on the progress of these activities.Since the May-June rainy season began, the already deplorable Linden-Lethem trail has become almost impassable, posing risks to commuters. In fact, it was pointed out that, almost daily, vehicles are overturning along the trail, with the most recent incident being on Wednesday.Only last week, commuters had complained bitterly about the condition of the roads, and had called on Government to intervene and repair the sections that are almost impassable. More recently, small operators have called on authorities to suspend heavy duty vehicles from traversing the trail, since those vehicles are further damaging the roads.