Last week teachers and staff returned to school for training and to prepare their classrooms and campuses for the start of the year on Tuesday.
Maintenance crews cut grass, did touch-up painting and made last-minute repairs. Teachers hung up new posters and wiped down desks, making everything look fresh and bright for the arrival of their students.
"Everything is going to be good. Everything is not going to be perfect," St. Thomas-St. John District Superintendent Janette Smith-Barry said. "We expect the school year will open smoothly and we won't have any major problems."
Government House issued a statement Monday that it has agreed to a "brief" extension of the sales process for the HOVENSA oil refinery in response to a request the refinery's owners made Friday.
Government House did not specify how long the extension would be, but the statement indicated that it would be to facilitate a meeting about the sales process that Gov. John deJongh Jr. has agreed to attend sometime this week.
ST. CROIX - A federal judge has ordered the territory and V.I. Corrections Bureau to show why they should not be held in contempt of court for failing to abide by a court-monitored settlement agreement aimed at bringing reforms to Golden Grove prison.
U.S. District Judge Wilma Lewis recently granted a U.S. Justice Department request that she order the territory and Corrections Bureau to show why they should not be held in contempt for missing certain deadlines set out in a work plan that came about as part of a decades-long court battle over unconstitutional conditions of confinement at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.
ST. CROIX - When classes at the territory's public schools resume for the new school year Tuesday, students at St. Croix Central High school will return to the home of the Caribs for the first time since being displaced in March.
Government officials say all the construction work at the school needed to bring it back to a safe and healthy environment has been completed and the school is ready for its students, faculty and staff.
The V.I. Education Department is facing a severe teacher shortage this fall, but Education officials say there will be a teacher in every classroom.
Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory said the shortage last week was around 147 vacancies, but she is hoping it will drop to about 130 by the first day of school.
The department was conducting interviews and making offers up to Friday, and will continue after the school year starts.
ST. THOMAS - Nearly a dozen Virgin Islanders left the territory this weekend to be deployed to Afghanistan as part of a U.S. Army Reserve unit for more than a year.
The team consists of 17 members, of which about a half-dozen are from Puerto Rico. The team first is headed to the states for training, after which they will act as the 512th Movement Control Team.
Family members attended a farewell ceremony for the soldiers Saturday at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas.