Newsletters Detail Work at Woodson, Central High

Jan. 30, 2009 — Gov. John deJongh Jr.'s office has put together a newsletter on work being done at the John H. Woodson Junior High School on St. Croix, packed with detailed information on the status of major air conditioning upgrades and other capital improvements.
A similar newsletter is being assembled for St. Croix Central High, where improvements are under way to safeguard and improve on the school’s accreditation. The newsletter, produced by the governor’s office with the help of the departments of Education and Public Works, which are directly involved with the projects, is aimed at the school’s administration, faculty, staff, students and parents and guardians of students at Woodson. It was distributed at the school this week.
The air conditioning project is of special concern to the school as excessive temperatures in classrooms forced the school to restrict its hours of operation earlier in the year. (See: "Woodson School Shutting Down Early Friday as Problems Persist.")
That in turn led Education to extend the school year and school day to make up the lost time, triggering protests from both teachers and students.
According to the government newsletter, over the course of several months, 42 new air-conditioning units, specifically designed for the classroom and St. Croix’s tropical environment, will be installed. The vendor, BARD, began loading three trailers supplied by Tropical Shipping on Jan. 15 and completed the loading process on January 21. The units were then trucked from Ohio to the shipping port in Florida. The units are expected to arrive on St. Croix during the week of Feb. 9.
Working with the V.I. Water and Power Authority, the school is preparing to install a new high-voltage electrical transformer to accommodate the upgraded electrical distribution system. A concrete pad for the transformer is tentatively slated to be in place by the end of April, according to the newsletter.
Public Works will be overhauling the school drainage’s system to address clogged drains across the campus which have caused ponding in hallways and other areas after heavy rainfall. Curaflo has been contracted to perform the repairs to be completed by the end of January, according to the newsletter.
Back Talk

Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email