BALEARIC leader Jaume Matas officially opened the new school in the Port of Pollensa. It replaces the old Miquel Capllonch school which will eventually be converted into a cultural centre. The new school, which has been operational since last month, can take 450 pupils. It has 18 classrooms for infant and primary education and is built over three floors. Headmistress Catalina Gamundi said that 50 per cent of the schoolchildren in the Port came from immigrant families, and the new school would allow the staff to take on new challenges. At the moment, the lifts and heating do not work as the electricity has not been connected by power company GESA. This should be rectified within a month. In the meantime, a generator is being used.
Refuge in natural park
AN old building at Can Cano has been refurbished and converted into a refuge in the Natural Park of Mondrago. The project has been carried out by the Balearic environment ministry in collaboration with the Fundació La Caixa and has cost 30'000 euros. The building covers an area of 31.54 square metres and has one room.
A breakdown in two trains, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon, meant that there were delays of up to half an hour on trains leaving Inca for Sa Pobla, Palma and Manacor. Commuters complained that the delays made them late for work. Inconvenience to commuters was aggravated because of work in process at Inca station, where one platform was out of service.
Mobile unit introduced
THE Manacor hospital has brought a mobile scanner into service so that it can attend to patients while the new scanner department is being modernised. It is a provisional measure so that patients do not have to be sent to other hospitals if they need a scan. The mobile unit is in a lorry next to the emergency ward. Patients are taken there by stretcher or in wheelchairs. The installation of the new scanner, in the X-ray area, is expected to take two to three weeks.
Help for students
AN educational and social plan has been drawn up to help 15 and 16-year-old students who fail their exams. It is designed to prevent children from dropping out of school and joining the labour market with no qualifications. It will be run jointly by the Balearic education ministry, the Son Servera Instituto and the town council. Up to five students can be selected for the programme and they will have to spend at least one hour a week on each subject, while serving an apprenticeship with firms which are collaborating with the scheme.