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Dorothy E. Bolling Seeks to Be a Convention Delegate

June 7, 2007 – My name is Dorothy E. Bolling. I am a candidate for delegate to the 5th Constitutional Convention for the District of St. Croix.
I was born and raised on the island of St. Croix. I am the proud mother of three adult children, Rafael Llanos Jr., Monique Llanos and Ray Llanos.
In 1963, I graduated from Christiansted High School.
I have earned a BA (Social Science/Secondary Education) from the College of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas campus in1978. In 1984, I received a MA (Education) from the College of the Virgin Islands-St. Croix campus.
During the 1994/95 school year, I was the only Distinguished Teacher Fellow of the American Federation of Teachers – National. I was assigned to the Educational Issues Department. In that capacity I traveled extensively across the United States, studying school systems and educational policies. I attended conferences, workshops and training sessions. At AFT I received Educational Research and Dissemination training at Vanderbilt University. I received several certificates through the AFTech computer-training program.
After graduating from High School, I held several positions in the private sector and
government agencies. From 1974 to 1979 I was a Social Worker in both St. Croix and St. Thomas.
I was the Field Operations Supervisor, for the U. S. Bureau of Census, St. Croix, V.I. in 1980.
Prior to my retirement from the V. I. government, I was a teacher, Dept. Chairperson and Asst. Principal with the V.I. Dept. of Education. I also taught Adult Education and GED preparation classes.
I have been a Resource Teacher in both Prince Georges County and Montgomery County, Maryland, USA for approximately ten years.
There are several major issues to be addressed by the Constitutional Convention. Allow me to share some of my primary concerns.
The first issue is the defining of a Native Virgin Islander and a Virgin Islander. This is crucial because it is a highly controversial issue. Although by any definition, I am a Native Virgin Islander, the rights of others must be respected. Whether or not this definition should be placed in the constitution must be decided.
My second concern is Educational Reform. The composition and responsibilities of the Board of Education and the Department of Education must be established. Although we have many highly qualified educators, the system is structurally flawed.
Additionally, I am extremely concerned with issues directly affecting St. Croix. Some of these issues are: the size of the legislature, districting, municipal governments, environmental protection.
I will examine all issues thoroughly, do extensive research, and gather input from my constituents. All of my decisions will be equitable and based on facts.
Dorothy E. Bolling
778-4818
E-mail: MsBolling@AOL.Com

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