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MAPP ASKS: ‘Does It Look Like I’m Working?’ During Inspection of St. Croix’s Public Schools

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 home: “Resourcefulness,” Mapp asserted.

FREDERIKSTED – Governor Kenneth Mapp said today that he is “generally satisfied with the work done on St. Croix’s public schools by contractor APTIM Environmental & Infrastructure, which has performed temporary school repairs at six of the district’s educational institutions.”

Touring three of the schools with projects managed by APTIM on Friday, Governor Mapp expressed his satisfaction with the upgrades to Alfredo Andrews Elementary, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary and John H. Woodson Junior High schools. Observing cleaned and sanitized classrooms, walls, floors and bathrooms, as well as newly installed ceiling tiles, the governor remarked: “Not bad at all.”

During his inspection, work crews could be seen completing various tasks and the governor was assured by APTIM executives that work would be completed in time for the reopening of schools. Jason Edward, APTIM construction manager, guided the governor and his delegation on the tours, and offered insight into the extent of the company’s work.

“Any damaged equipment was removed,” Mapp said. “We’ve taken out all of the ceiling tiles, we’ve cleaned and sanitized all the floors, all the walls, and where the floor was damaged, we have removed [and replaced] floor tiles.”

Edward pointed out that the cleaning agents used in the schools are of hospital-grade quality, and are effective for treating mold and mildew without any negative impact on the environment or persons who will be using the space.

APTIM’s responsibilities include mold remediation, roof repairs, sanitation and other necessary repairs at Alexander Henderson Elementary School, Alfredo Andrews Elementary School, Eulalie Rivera Elementary School, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School, Lew Muckle Elementary School, and John H. Woodson Junior High School.


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John McCarthy

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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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