The Department of Education continued to expand pre-kindergarten learning in the public schools. Eight programs known as Granny Preschool St. Croix and Sugarapple Preschool St. Thomas demonstrate the Administration’s emphasis on early childhood education for life-long success.
St. John’s Battery has been completely restored with $1.13 MM in funding from insurance proceeds. The Battery houses administrative offices for the Governor and his staff and is the official residence of the Governor on St. John.
DPW has completed road repairs from St. Croix’s Sunday Market Square to Five Corners. Thirty-four road projects across the territory are funded by $22MM from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The Bureau of Information Technology and the VIPD are partners on a territory-wide closed-circuit camera surveillance system. They have strategically installed 108 cameras, and 25 license plate readers; 200 more cameras will be installed. Crime fighting technology also focuses on expansion of the ShotSpotter system and surveillance drones.
After taking office in 2019, the Bryan/Roach Administration was confronted by FEMA restrictions requiring vendor payments for recovery projects be approved prior to drawing down funds when 2017/2018 audits revealed lack of proper documentation. The administration immediately created the V.I. Office of Disaster Recovery to properly manage grant funds resulting in FEMA lifting its restrictions in January 2021, greatly enhancing the speedy disbursement of payments to vendors on recovery projects.