The Virgin Islands Board of Education (VIBE) is an independent government agency comprised of nine (9) elected members, with each member serving a four (4) year term. The Board provides financial aid for Virgin Islands students, certifies teachers and other education professionals and governs the education standards and policies of Virgin Islands Public Schools.
The members of the Board are elected in the two legislative districts; four (4) in St. Croix, four (4) in St. Thomas and one (1) At-large, a resident of St. John.
The work of the Board is directed by four (4) standing committees: Professional Staff Certification and Higher Education, Policies, Rules and Regulations, School Plants and Facilities, and Public Private Liaison. All standing committees meet at regular intervals. The Board also has an Executive committee, which is comprised of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary.
The Board provides financial aid for Virgin Islands students and certifies teachers and other education professionals.
|Recommend the Establishment of Public Schools||17 V.I.C. § 21(a)(1)|
|Prescribe General Regulations and Orders regarding education and board operations||17 V.I.C. § 21(a)(1)|
|Recommend laws and amendments to Legislature||17 V.I.C. § 21(a)(1)|
|Bring court proceedings for enforcement of rights||17 V.I.C. § 21(a)(8)|
|Cooperate with U.S. Department of Education and administration of federal laws related to general education and approve plans for same.||17 V.I.C. § 21(a)(2) and (3)|
The Virgin Islands Board of Education is committed to its vision and will promote the transformation of the structure of existing public education through:
To ensure that each child is provided with the best quality education which promotes our history and culture, guarantees academic achievement and builds strong communities.
Working with our education partners, the VIBE’s strategic direction adapts to address the challenges of the public education environment and to build for the future. We have adopted a number of important goals including: