Press Release

Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture
Release Date:
Wednesday, 11 August 2021 - 5:12pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands is moving forward with plans to construct additional buildings on the Elmore Stoutt High School main campus.

Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley said the Recovery and Development Agency is managing this project that is expected to be completed early in 2022.

 “The Premier and Minister of Finance has agreed to finance the construction of additional school buildings on the Elmore Stoutt High School Campus to accommodate senior school students presently housed at Pasea Estate, and the growing population of Junior School students,” the Minister said in a statement on the “Reopening of schools”.

  Honourable Wheatley stated that the conceptual designs for the new junior school for the Elmore Stoutt High School are complete, and the next phase of the process will be the procurement of a contractor for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural designs.

The Minister added that the furniture has been procured through the Caribbean Development Bank 65 million-dollar loan and is expected to arrive prior to the beginning of the school year.  “This will allow more students to be accommodated in our classrooms,” Minister Wheatley said.

Other infrastructural developments in the ministry include the following:

  • Completion of designs for the Jost Van Dyke Primary School and Eslyn Henley Richie Learning Centre.
  • Demolishing of the Isabella Morris Primary School, which is deemed structurally unsound.
  • Process to begin for the construction of a Junior School on the West.
  • Completion of the construction of Bregado Flax Educational Centre to be followed by a handover ceremony.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture is committed to providing a safe and sound working environment where employees and students feel valued and respected, ethics are promoted and services are effectively rendered.

Author

Nekita Turnbull

Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2730
Email:  Neturnbull@gov.vg