A month ago, St. John Rotary heard a speaker say plans were off to swap land on St. Croix for 10 acres on St. John for a new school. John Garrison of the Trust for Public Land, which was working to set up the exchange, delivered the message. Delegate Donna Christensen said the deal was off because the National Park Service didn't think it was a fair exchange.
Now, the St. John Source reports, the prospect of a new school is still kicking. In fact, the federal government plans to spend $250,000 to study the Catherineberg land and identify 10 acres there where a school could be built. This latest word came from Mark Hardgrove, the Park Superintendent, during his remarks at last week's annual meeting of the Friends of the VI National Park.
In what could be considered understatement, the Source wrote, "How the local government will get the park land for the school remains up in the air." Read the full story.