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Teacher representatives Rosa Soto-Thomas, left, and Carol Callwood express concern over this latest attempt to change the school calendar. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senators, Administrators Would Like Schools to Start in Mid-August

Virgin Islands school administrators and legislators want schools to start earlier in the fall and end earlier in the spring. The effort to do so, however, has failed in recent years. The problem is how to compensate teachers in the year of the change.
Coast Guard crews and the Good Samaritan vessel One Life combined efforts to rescue 36-year-old Kevin Wenk of the U.S. Virgin Islands from the water Tuesday, after his 12-foot catamaran capsized north of Culebra Island. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Rescue USVI Boater From Overturned Catamaran

A Good Samaritan and the U.S. Coast Guard worked together Tuesday to rescue a U.S. Virgin Islands man from the water after his 12-foot catamaran capsized north of Culebra Island, Puerto Rico.
Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. Bryan, addresses the media at Government House, St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

News Conference: Governor Continuing to Press HUD on Disaster Funds

The governor is continuing to press FEMA to release desperately needed hurricane recovery funds, Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., reported Monday during a news conference at Government House on St. Croix.
Assistant Education Commissioner Marie Encarnacion tells senators that metal batons send the wrong message to students. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Panel Debates Arming Monitors with Metal Batons

Whether to prohibit school monitors from carrying metal batons became a topic of debate Monday, questioning if meeting violence with violence was appropriate in the territory schools.
Dionne Wells-Hedrington, chief operating officer for education, said new school buildings are needed. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Educators Want New Schools, Senators Want the Grass Cut

Passions ran high as members of the Committee on Education and Workforce Development questioned Department of Education representatives about preparations for the 2019-2020 school year.
Adisa's book, part of her trilogy for children.

Writer Pens Trilogy for Children of STX

Opal Palmer Adisa, a Jamaican-born award-winning poet, novelist, performance artist and educator, said St. Croix has had a significant cultural influence on her and has inspired her to write a trilogy of books for local children.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Brothers Found Dead; No Foul Play Suspected

Two men, brothers in their 60s, were found dead Monday morning, but police said the preliminary investigation showed no sign of foul play. The two men were identified by next of kin as 69-year-old John Rapine, a FEMA employee, and his 61-year-old brother, Joseph Rapine.

Police Assure the Court Malware Fix is in the Works

Top officials at the Virgin Islands Police Department have assured a federal judge they can continue to uphold the standards achieved when the court declared they reached compliance in an 11-year-old use-of-force case.
RT Park Executive Director Peter Chapman answers questions at a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. (USVI Legislature photo)

RT Park Chief Fields Questions on Contracts, Variable Benefits

Senators questioned Peter Chapman, executive director of the University of the Virgin Islands’ Research and Technology Park, on Wednesday about the entity’s operations and variable benefits offered to tenant companies. They also raised questions regarding an old contract that the park is forced to honor.
Deputy Commissioner of Transportation Karole Ovesen-McGregor and V.I. resident Bruce Flamon testify before the Senate Committee on Transportation Friday. (Photo by the USVI Legislature)

Panel OKs Bill Authorizing Ads on Vitran Buses

The Senate Committee on Transportation voted Friday to allow the Department of Public Works to display advertising on Vitran buses, even though the buses already carry such ads.

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