There’s a series of rock ledges along the coast between Klein and Ditleff Bays that provide shelters for hundreds of small colorful reef fish. The ledges are in shallow water and the fish are always there and can be observed by snorkelers without having to dive into deeper waters. In addition to reef fish, I’ve seen lobsters, shrimp and crabs nestled under the ledges.
St. John Live Music Schedule
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
Inn at Tamarind Court
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
6:30 – 9:30
6:30 – 9:30
6:00 – 9:00
5:00 – 8:00
St. John and Virgin Islands News
Education officials seek feedback from parents about closing Guy Benjamin School on St. John
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 12, 2014
V.I. Education Department officials met with parents last week about the possible closure or re-purposing of Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay, St. John.
“We have not made a decision yet, this was just to get feedback,” Education spokeswoman Ananta Pancham said.
Education officials said the final decision depends on how many students register for the upcoming school year.
The school has seen a steady decline in enrollment during the last few years, and the Education Department is having trouble justifying the financial expense to keep the doors open to serve only a few students, particularly when the students can be taught at Julius Sprauve School in Cruz Bay.
At a Parent Teacher Organization meeting on Thursday, St. Thomas-St. John District Superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry said enrollment at Guy Benjamin has dropped from a high of 112 students to the current 55.
Despite the school’s declining number of students, it still costs the same amount of money – $1.1 million annually – to operate the school, according to the department.
It costs about $2.3 million per year to operate Sprauve, according to Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory. Benjamin has only 15 employees compared with Sprauve’s 44.
Sprauve poses some concerns – it is located in the center of Cruz Bay and is surrounded by bars and traffic – but it does have a maximum capacity of 729, more than enough to absorb the 55 Guy Benjamin students…. read more
St. John Weather
Isolated showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 77. East southeast wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.