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Aug. 1, 2007 – Senator Neville James on Wednesday, expressed extreme disapproval with Gov. John de Jongh Jr. for failing to name a commissioner of education with the start of school three weeks away.
The 2007-2008 school year begins when teachers report to their classrooms on August 23. The following day, returning teachers report to school. The first day of classes for students is Monday, August 27.
"The Education Department has no definitive leadership going into this new school year because a commissioner has not been named as of this date," Sen. James said. "This situation is a disturbance to the territory as a whole. While other senators, and some print media, continue to sing your praises I cannot sit idly by and watch this negligence unfold."
"Education is the largest department and as a result, has the largest budget," Sen. James continued. "The Legislature has given deference to all nominees without interference or obstruction sent down by the governor; however we continue to wait for your nomination of an education commissioner."
Sen. James pointed out that certain positions in Education have been filled, but these appointments are not benefiting the people or the students of St. Croix.
"A permanent Insular Superintendent has been named for the St. Thomas/St. John district," Sen. James noted. "However, on St. Croix the person serving as Insular Superintendent remains in an acting capacity. This makes me question the commitment our governor really has to the people of St. Croix."
Sen. James concluded by saying, "I am calling on the governor to act post haste and fill these key positions in Education. The clock is ticking and what is at stake is the future of our children."