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Education Department Says Elena Christian Junior High School Will Move To Manor School Temporarily


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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 for its patience as the department seeks to find a suitable location for the school.

“It was quite the challenge finding a location for our Elena Christian students, but the best outcome was to house them at the old Manor School,” Williams said. “We hope this will ease some growing concerns brought forth by the St. Croix community. The Elena Christian administration along with my district office look forward to a great and productive school year for the Simbas.”

Williams said students continue to wear the gold and navy Elena Christian school uniform. In addition, “all bus stop locations and pick up times will remain the same.”

Orientation dates for all St. Croix public junior high schools, including John H. Woodson, Elena L. Christian and Arthur A. Richards, will be officially announced on August 29, the insular superintendent’s office said.

The public is encouraged to visit the Department’s website and click on the “For Families” tab or like the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Facebook page to keep abreast of school opening orientation schedules and updates.

The former Manor School campus is in close proximity to the original Elena Christian Junior High School building, which was shuttered in 2015 for repairs.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Public Relations at (340) 774-0100 extension 8136.


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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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