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Free College Tuition Proposal Supported by Two Gubernatorial Candidates is Ill-timed Given V.I. Government’s Huge Outstanding Debt and Our Crumbling Infrastructure COMMENTARY BY: SORAYA DIASE COFFELT Two gubernatorial candidates have expressed publicly their support for legislation to give free tuition to every high school graduate in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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MID-ISLAND — The Office of the Insular Superintendent, St. Croix District regrets to inform the public that St. Croix Central High School will remain closed on Tuesday, September 11. “The electrical component needed for repairs is currently in transit from the mainland,” the V.I. Department of Education posted on Facebook.

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EMPTY SHELVES: The Alfredo Andrews Elementary School library in Estate Kingshill with no books. TOP PHOTO: Is John H. Woodson Junior High School’s library without books. CHRISTIANSTED — Ten St. Croix school libraries received grants totaling $525,000.00 from the second round of 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative grants given by the

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FREDERIKSTED — Robert Godfrey, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Professor of Animal Science, received the Fritz E. Lawaetz Award at the 2018 Senepol Cattle Breeders Association meeting held on August 8-11, 2018 on St Croix. The International Senepol Symposium held at the Buccaneer Hotel commemorated the 100th anniversary of

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BIG FAT MESS: The territory’s public schools after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he applauds Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum “recommissioning” an Ivanna Eudora Kean High School generator that was used to keep tilapia fish alive on St. Thomas for her own personal use at her private

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THE FORMER MANOR SCHOOL IN ESTATE LA GRANDE PRINCESSE, ST. CROIX CHRISTIANSTED — The Elena Christian Junior High School will be housed at the former Manor School in La Grande Princesse for the 2018-19 school year. St. Croix District Insular Superintendent Colleen Mae Williams said that she thanks the community

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NEW YORK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that the University of the Virgin Islands has been selected to receive funding to support career development in marine and coastal science among students in the U.S. Virgin Islands. EPA anticipates that it will award the University of the

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BIG CHECK: (From left) Victoria Henry, Process Technology program director, David Hall, Fiona Jones, Vice President, Operations, Diageo USVI; and Erica J. Johnson, Director, Corporate and Community Relations, Diageo USVI. FREDERIKSTED — The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) announced Wednesday the receipt of a $250,000 gift from Captain Morgan’s parent

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HOT SEAT: Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum answers questions from Senators in committee meeting. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Committee of Education, Youth, and Recreation, chaired by Sen. Jean Forde, held a meeting at the Capitol Building on Tuesday, to receive testimony from officials of the V.I. Department of Education (VIDE), on

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WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech this week has announced $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP) grants to the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to address critical

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