Virgin Islands law has allowed for creating school management boards since at least 2004, and it’s finally time to try them out, Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn said during a House of Assembly meeting last Thursday.

“At this juncture in our history, where our population has grown significantly, the territory has advanced in many ways,” Mr. Walwyn said. “I believe that it is now necessary to appoint school boards and have more participation from our community and retired education professionals in the management of our schools.”

The minister didn’t give details about the exact makeup of the boards, but he said Althea Scatliffe Primary, Bregado Flax Educational Centre, Claudia Creque Educational Centre, Jost Van Dyke schools and Elmore Stoutt High will be the first to get the boards.

“These schools will serve as a pilot if you may, and when these boards are up and running and we have evaluated its success, only then will the other schools be considered,” Mr. Walwyn said.

See the April 11, 2013 edition for full coverage.