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vroberge
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I cannot believe this! Reported in the source the 19th. http://www.onepaper.com/stcroixvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1223616402

With all I see on this board about the state of the schools on the island, how is it possible the Department of Education could not figure out how to use the $2.4 million in federal grants earmarked for education?

Books? Supplies? How about toilet paper?

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2009 8:33 am
antiqueone
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Either we don't need the money and are being financially disciplined, or, perhaps, the money comes with such strings attached that we can't find a legitimate way to spend it, or perhaps, like (some) of the AIG executives, we see the deplorable state of the economy and just want to do our part to help out OR those tasked with utilizing these funds are grossly incompetent, self-centered, corrupt individuals who ought to be thrown out of office, OR worse yet, they are seriously holding up the cash flow to purposefully hamper the public education system in an effort to keep the populace uneducated and therefore not a threat to their power base.

With the state of our public educational system, it is unconcionable that we should make this same mistake ever again. Let's make a few phone calls, talk to people on the street, and in government and see if we can't do better next time we have money thrown at us.

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Posted : March 20, 2009 9:56 am
speee1dy
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its not the first time they have returned money. i think its antiqueones last two choices that might be correct

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Posted : March 20, 2009 10:36 am
Lizard
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speee1dy,
If they have people capable enough to apply for the "Grant", They should have people capable enough to use the "Grant"! However with Grants there is an oversight on the funds. Just my 2 cents.

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Posted : March 20, 2009 11:48 am
Bombi
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more incompetance, business as usual.

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Posted : March 20, 2009 12:39 pm
Trade
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Some blame might be put to those who just don't care as long as they're getting their paychecks & multiple holidays per year. That is a problem with some government employees. As long as those paychecks keep coming, they don't care about anything else.

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Posted : March 20, 2009 12:46 pm
antiqueone
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Does anyone know exactly whose responsibilty it is to apply for and oversee usage of these grants?

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Posted : March 20, 2009 12:57 pm
Bombi
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I would think that would be the Education Commissioner LaverneTerry

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Posted : March 20, 2009 1:39 pm
vroberge
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This person was mentioned in the article, Juel Anderson, the public relations director for the department.

I would say emails and written correspondences should be sent to the head of the department of education and copy the gov's office.

If it's just a phone call, go to the top and let them know of your displeasure.

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2009 1:40 pm
Bombi
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http://www.doe.vi/component/option,com_contact/task,view/contact_id,4/Itemid,53/ to contact Dr. Terry

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Posted : March 20, 2009 1:44 pm
vroberge
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Thanks for that link Bombi. I just went and vented.

Not sure if it actually made it in to the system though, as upon hitting send it popped up a message box asking to make sure the form is filled in correctly. Then it went back to the blank form.

Typical of the IT quality I've seen at the island government sites.

I think I will give it a while and then make a phone call to the posted number. Probably won't work either.

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2009 2:13 pm
vroberge
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Made my feelings known to the governor's office.

Tel: 340/774-0001
Fax: 340/774-1361

E-Mail: contact@governordejongh.com

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2009 8:06 am
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