The Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Thomas-St. John District, has announced key changes for schools in the district that will take effect in the 2019-2020 school year.
Most notably, two of the district’s previous K-6 elementary schools will now accommodate students in grades K-5; the district’s previous primary K-3 model will now accommodate students in grades K-5; one district school will cease operations as an elementary school, but will reopen as another educational institution; and new start and end times have been set for all district schools to better accommodate bus schedules, as well as after-school programs and activities for students.
There are no uniform changes for the 2019-2020 school year in the St. Thomas-St. John District.
St. Thomas-St. John Insular Superintendent Stefan Jürgen said the basis for changes in his district was similar to that of the St. Croix District, including alleviating long-standing employee shortages coupled with a decreased student population, eliminating use of aging and damaged school buildings, and reducing operational costs.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin expressed her satisfaction with the action the Department has taken in making changes to the operations of its schools. “I am pleased with the work we have done over the last six months to thoroughly assess our schools and make the tough, but necessary, decision to move forward in a more sustainable way that will benefit our students.”
Yvonne Milliner-Bowsky Elementary School
Yvonne Milliner-Bowsky will accommodate students in grades K-5
Yvonne Milliner-Bowsky 6th graders will transfer to Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School
Joseph Gomez Elementary School
Joseph Gomez will accommodate students in grades K-5
Joseph Gomez 6th graders will transfer to Berth C. Boschulte Middle School
Jane E. Tuitt Elementary School
Jane E. Tuitt will be expanded from its current K-3 model to K-5
Current Leonard Dober 4th and 5th graders will return to Jane E. Tuitt Elementary
Leonard Dober Elementary School will not reopen as an elementary school
Current Leonard Dober 4th and 5th graders will return to Jane E. Tuitt Elementary School
Joseph Sibilly Elementary School
Joseph Sibilly will remain a traditional elementary school with grades K-6th
Lockhart Elementary School
Lockhart will remain a traditional elementary school with grades K-6th
Ulla F. Muller Elementary School
Ulla F. Muller will remain a traditional elementary school with grades K-6th
Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School
Bertha C. Boschulte will remain a middle school with grades 6-8th
Feeder schools for Bertha C. Boschulte will now be:
Joseph Gomez Elementary
Yvonne Milliner-Bowsky Elementary
Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School
Addelita Cancryn will remain a traditional junior high school with grades 7-8th
Feeder schools for Addelita Cancryn will now be:
Joseph Sibilly Elementary
Ulla F. Muller Elementary
Julius E. Spruave School: No changes; will remain a K-8 school
Charlotte Amalie High School: No changes; will remain a traditional high school with grades 9-12
Ivanna Eudora Kean High: No changes; will remain a traditional high school with grades 9-12
Edith Williams Alternative Academy (EWAA) No changes; will serve as the Alternative Academy, but will be housed at the Leonard Dober Elementary facility
Start/End Time for St. Thomas-St. John District Schools
High Schools — Start Time — End Time for 2019-2020
Charlotte Amalie — 8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Ivanna Eudora Kean — 7:50 a.m. — 2:50 p.m.
Junior High —– Start Time —– End Time
Addelita Cancryn — 7:45 a.m. — 2:45 p.m.
Middle School — Start Time — End Time
Bertha C. Boschulte — 7:20 a.m. — 2:35 p.m.
Elementary — Start Time — End Time
Bowsky — 8:00 a.m. — 2:45 p.m.
Joseph Gomez — 7:50 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Joseph Sibilly — 7:50 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Lockhart — 7:50 a.m. — 2:45 p.m.
Tuitt — 7:50 a.m. — 2:35 p.m.
Ulla F. Muller — 7:45 a.m. — 2:40 p.m.
St. John — Start Time — End Time
Julius E. Spruave — 8:00 a.m. — 2:45 p.m.