With just hours to go before the expiration of the current leave of absence of it’s principal, the board of Jamaica College has issued a statement.

It’s been revealed that the Education Ministry has rejected the Board’s recommendation to renew Reid’s leave.

The Board has also confirmed that negotiations are ongoing to hammer out a last minute deal with Reid in an effort to resolve the issue.

Nora Gaye Banton has more:-

The School Board of Jamaica College has broken its silence on its embattled Principal, Ruel Reid.

The Board has confirmed that it recommended that special leave for Mr. Reid be extended but the recommendation was not approved by the Education Ministry.

Reid, has been on leave from the high school since 2016.

He’s before the Courts on corruption and fraud charges for which he was forced to resign from the Holness Cabinet.

Still, he has collected millions of dollars over the last two years from his substantive role as principal for the St. Andrew-based institution.

Reid’s current leave is set to expire tomorrow, Saturday November 20, 2021.

In a statement today, the board said it has been working to conclude arrangements for dealing with the active role of principal of Jamaica College.

It was released on behalf of the Board by its Chairman, Michael Bernard.

The statement says discussions are at an advanced stage and are of a confidential nature.

The Board maintains that once the discussions have concluded, a further statement will be made.

The statement also says the priority of the Board is to maintain the current stability and status quo at the school, hence, it has recommended that Reid’s leave be extended to facilitate the continued proper governance of the school.

The Statement goes on to say that since 2016 when Reid ceased active duty as principal of Jamaica College, the school has paid no salary or other emoluments to him.

The Board also says it’s aware of the fact that criminal charges have been laid against Mr. Reid but has no evidence that can support a disciplinary hearing which could lead to his termination, despite several attempts to secure such evidence.

The Board maintains that there is no “protest” at Jamaica College and there have been no resignations within its ranks in relation to this matter.

However, they’ve confirmed that two executive members of the Jamaica College Old Boys Association, who are also executives of the PTA, have resigned from both bodies.

The Board says Jamaica College is focused on continuing the school’s journey of excellence under the stewardship of the current Acting Principal Wayne Robinson.