Education to Hold Public Meetings to Get Input on New, Modernized Schools

Education Commissioner nominee Racquel Berry-Benjamin testifies before the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development Wednesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin testifies before the Senate. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

The Virgin Islands Department of Education New Schools Advisory Committee will hold a series of meetings in October to share its current work and to gain public input on the planning and construction of new and modernized public schools in the territory.

Meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. on designated dates on all three islands.

The 50-member committee, comprised of Department of Education employees, elected officials, business owners, community activists, parents, students and other community members on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, was established in January 2019. It is required to follow stringent federal guidelines to ensure the appropriation of funds to construct new public schools or modernize existing schools.

“This is an exciting time for the Department of Education where we get to share the first phase of the important work that has gone into making the construction of new schools a reality in the Virgin Islands,” said Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin. “We are in the very early stages of this work, but we are making the right progress and look forward to gaining the public’s input at these meetings.”

The meetings are expected to be interactive, with attendees participating in small-group discussions, planning sessions, surveys and other activities. All are encouraged to attend.

New Schools Advisory Committee Schedules Public Meetings
St. John: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at V.I. Legislature Hall
St. Thomas: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School cafeteria
St. Thomas: 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Charlotte Amalie High School Auditorium
St. Thomas: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center
St. Croix: 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at Claude O. Markoe Elementary School cafeteria
St. Croix: 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Juanita Gardine K-8 School auditorium
St. Croix: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. Croix Central High School cafeteria