Officials are now gearing up to publicly advertise the position of principal of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), which became vacant after outgoing principal Sandy Underhill resigned the post; reportedly to contest the 2019 General Elections.
When contacted Friday morning, Education Minister Myron Walwyn said the hiring of a new principal is a matter for the Public Service Commission and Department of Human Resources. He added that he does not know when the advert will be made public or whether it will happen within this current school year.
“I would imagine that once the advertisement goes out, even persons who are within the school can also apply for the position. It’s just that advertising [the post] is part of the legal requirements,” said Walwyn, who made that note amid whispers that a St Lucian was being considered for the position.
Deputy Principal gets acting leadership, until …
Deputy Principal of ESHS, Vanessa Garraway, has been appointed as Acting Principal of the educational facility until someone is appointed full-time, Walwyn said.
“We have a very able team at the high school … Ms Garraway will be acting until further notice and then movements will be made to secure a new principal for the school,” said the minister, who added that he received this information from Cheif Education Officer, Connie George.
Garraway, who has been an educator for more than two decades, has served as Acting Principal at least once before.
As for resigned principal, Underhill, she is reportedly planning to contest the next general election under the Walwyn-led National Democratic Party (NDP) banner.
Henry Creque also departing, job already being advertised
Her resignation as principal precedes that of Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation, Henry Creque, whose position is already being advertised. Creque, who is reportedly on his final week in the post, is also reported as an NDP election candidate.
The NDP, which currently sits as the governing party, is yet to officially announce its slate of candidates for the elections.
Government leader, Dr D Orlando Smith is also yet to declare a date for the elections which must happen by April 16.
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