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New School Maintenance Chief Named, But Lawmakers Wary of Reporting Structure

  • Nelcia Charlemagne
  • June 04, 2024

The recently established Bureau of School Construction and Maintenance now has an executive director to lead the agency’s charge, but the individual’s identity remains a mystery, and concerns have arisen among lawmakers as the director is yet another governor-appointed role. “I would err on the side of Government House making that announcement,” said Education Commissioner Dionne Wells-Hedrington, who testified before the Committee on Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, and Planning on Monday. Instead, she revealed tangential details, including the June 17 start date for the unnamed male executive director. She also shared that while he is a Virgin Islander, he possesses no prior experience working within the territory. The Bureau of School Construction and Maintenance is tasked with the upkeep of schools across the territory, shifting the responsibility from the Department of Education and allowing a greater focus on academic matters. The new executive director was appointed by the g...