About a quarter of the teachers at Central High School on St. Croix called in sick on Thursday morning, and the V.I. Education Department said it doesn't know why.
However, the American Federation of Teachers - which said Thursday's action was not a union-sanctioned walk-out - said the teachers have complained about high temperatures because the school's air-conditioning unit is broken.
Of the 82 teachers at Central High School, 22 did not show up for work at all and two others signed out as soon as they arrived in the morning, according to Education spokeswoman Cynthia Graham.
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Bureau of Economic Research initiated an online survey on Tuesday to get information from selected local businesses so the bureau can evaluate the current and future hiring needs of employers to match the V.I. labor force to potential job openings.
Funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands 2015 Business Needs Survey comes as part of a $440,000 grant awarded to the Bureau of Economic Research to conduct these and other evaluations, said BER Director Bernadette Melendez.
ST. CROIX - Atlantic Tele-Network chief executive officer Michael Prior said Thursday that the company plans to build on improvements made in recent years to the telecommunications infrastructure in the territory, once a proposed sale of the Innovative group of companies to Atlantic Tele-Network is finalized.
"We're looking forward to the opportunity. It's always a challenge, but we're excited about it. We think we can continue to make strides," Prior said, noting that he thinks the current owner of Innovative, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, "started to turn things around and invest in the company. And we want to take things to the next level."
ST. THOMAS - What was to be a hearing by the Senate on how and why the West Indian Co. came to pay for Gov. Kenneth Mapp's housing on St. Thomas expanded Thursday as one senator after another weighed in on the governor's use of public funds for what Sen. Terrence Nelson called "his rich tastes" and lavish spending of public funds.
It ended with Nelson saying that the people - and the Senate - have the authority to recall a governor, if they can move the masses to act.
ST. THOMAS - Sen. Terrence Nelson stood up on the Senate floor Thursday and spoke a word that's been percolating in the territory in recent weeks regarding Gov. Kenneth Mapp and what senators called his "lavish" spending habits.
The word was "impeach."
The action of removing an elected official is actually referred to as a recall election, according to V.I. Code.
"Ultimately, the people have a recourse as well, and it's whether or not they're serious enough to do something about it," Nelson said. "The Senate can vote to impeach, and the people can do it as well."
ST. THOMAS - Acting Attorney General Claude Walker wasn't ready Thursday night to wade into the debate about whether the West Indian Co. is truly a public entity that is required under the law to turn over copies of its board meetings to the Senate.
The issue arose as WICO officials again refused to give the Senate minutes from its board meetings of May 14 and June 9.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that WICO is a public entity for the purposes of a lawsuit filed by two former WICO executives.