New public school seen closer

SchoolkidsA land swap between the V.I. National Park and St. Thomas’ Paiewosnky family could open the way for construction of a new public school, replacing Sprauve School in  downtown Cruz Bay. Island administrator Julien Harley reported plans are in the works to trade Park-owned land at Catherineberg, in the middle of the island, for Paiewonsky-owned land on Hassel Island.  While there have been discussions in the past, Harley told the Coral Bay Community Council it appears they will result in a deal this time.

Harley also said that a woman identified as Elizabeth McCormick is putting together a philanthropic package of $8 million, according the a report of his comments by the St. John Source.  It is conditioned on the local government raising the same amount.  "We’ll match it," he said.

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