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Vieques mayor: No schools will close on the island municipality

Vieques Mayor José Corcino Acevedo

By The Star Staff

Vieques Mayor José Corcino Acevedo said Sunday that no public school will be closed in the island municipality.

“Although yesterday the Secretary of Education was categorical in saying that the department is not developing plans to close schools, I also want to be categorical that no school can be closed on Vieques, now or in the future,” the mayor said in a written statement. “We endorse the substitution of a school with another newly built one, but not to close campuses; I make that clear.”

On Saturday, the Center for Investigative Journalism published a report indicating that the Department of Education has a plan to close 83 schools by 2026.

Hours later, Education Secretary Eliezer Ramos Parés denied that schools are to be closed in the near future.

“Vieques is an island municipality, so the education of our children in the public school system is a priority for us,” Corcino Acevedo added. “Our topography and demographic development sets the parameters for the current school system. This, in terms of schools, meets existing needs. We believe that renovation and construction of new schools on Vieques is needed and should be a priority, but at the same time, none of the existing schools can be closed.”

Vieques has six public school campuses, of which one is a high school.

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