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Hovensa Donates Computer Lab to Junior High School

Aug. 29, 2007 — A new computer lab at the Elena L. Christian Junior High School on St. Croix features 31 new workstations, each with a desktop Hewlett-Packard computer with a flat-screen monitor, two new laser printers and an electronic projector.
The $100,000 lab, equipped and funded by Hovensa, can accommodate 30 students at a time, along with one instructor, according to a Hovensa news release. Contractors retained by Hovensa constructed the lab during the summer in what previously had been a loft in the school’s library, based on drawings and specifications approved by the school’s principal, Willard John, and the Office of Technology of the V.I. Department of Education (DOE), said Hovensa Vice President Alex Moorhead.
A ceiling-high partition and door were installed on the open end of the loft to physically separate it from the library for security, noise and temperature control. A separate power circuit and air-conditioning system was installed to supply electric power to the equipment and cool the lab.
The project was the result of a collaborative effort by Hovensa, the St. Croix Foundation and the DOE, Moorhead said. The St. Croix Foundation, which solicited Hovensa’s involvement, funded the installation of a burglar-alarm system in the lab, and the Office of Technology provided software for the computers using licenses owned by the DOE. The Office of Technology also provided Internet access.
“Hovensa was pleased to make this contribution to the Department of Education in conjunction with the St. Croix Foundation’s initiative to develop the Elena Christian Junior High School as a model public school for emulation at other public schools in the Virgin Islands,” Moorhead said. “The project provided an opportunity for Hovensa to pursue its vision to partner with the community to achieve excellence in education.”
Company officials enjoyed working with John, “whose enthusiasm was infectious,” the release said. John plans to use the lab to provide computer training both to students and parents.
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Aug. 29, 2007 -- A new computer lab at the Elena L. Christian Junior High School on St. Croix features 31 new workstations, each with a desktop Hewlett-Packard computer with a flat-screen monitor, two new laser printers and an electronic projector.
The $100,000 lab, equipped and funded by Hovensa, can accommodate 30 students at a time, along with one instructor, according to a Hovensa news release. Contractors retained by Hovensa constructed the lab during the summer in what previously had been a loft in the school’s library, based on drawings and specifications approved by the school’s principal, Willard John, and the Office of Technology of the V.I. Department of Education (DOE), said Hovensa Vice President Alex Moorhead.
A ceiling-high partition and door were installed on the open end of the loft to physically separate it from the library for security, noise and temperature control. A separate power circuit and air-conditioning system was installed to supply electric power to the equipment and cool the lab.
The project was the result of a collaborative effort by Hovensa, the St. Croix Foundation and the DOE, Moorhead said. The St. Croix Foundation, which solicited Hovensa’s involvement, funded the installation of a burglar-alarm system in the lab, and the Office of Technology provided software for the computers using licenses owned by the DOE. The Office of Technology also provided Internet access.
“Hovensa was pleased to make this contribution to the Department of Education in conjunction with the St. Croix Foundation’s initiative to develop the Elena Christian Junior High School as a model public school for emulation at other public schools in the Virgin Islands,” Moorhead said. “The project provided an opportunity for Hovensa to pursue its vision to partner with the community to achieve excellence in education.”
Company officials enjoyed working with John, “whose enthusiasm was infectious,” the release said. John plans to use the lab to provide computer training both to students and parents.
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