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Sandy M. Underhill In! Wade W. Tobin Out! as ESHS Principal

-Mr. Tobin has returned as Principal of the privately run religious Seventh-Day Adventist School, Mrs. Underhill speaks exclusively to VINO!
Mrs. Sandy M. Underhill (left) will replace outgoing Acting Principal Mr. Wade W. Tobin come School year September /fall 2014 as Acting Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Mrs. Underhill has the backing of the controversial Education Minister Honourable Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: Facebook/VINO/File
Ms. Mellissa Amey is the substantive holder of the post of Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School, the largest secondary school in the Virgin Islands. The school is now on its second Acting principal in less than three years since Ms. Amey proceeded on study leave. Photo: VINO/File
Ms. Mellissa Amey is the substantive holder of the post of Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School, the largest secondary school in the Virgin Islands. The school is now on its second Acting principal in less than three years since Ms. Amey proceeded on study leave. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online’s many sources within the Ministry of Education and Culture and the ruling National Democratic Party Administration have over the weekend confirmed that the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn has settled on Mrs. Sandy M. Underhill to take up the post as Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School.

According to a Ministry official who spoke to this news site on condition of anonymity, there were many applicants for the advertised post, however the Ministry of Education under instructions from Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn recommended Mrs. Underhill for the post of Acting Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS).

It was this news site that firstly and accurately reported that the Minister through his Acting Chief Education Officer Mrs. Jillian Douglas-Phillips had forced out Mr. Wade W. Tobin denying him a tenure renewal or confirmation when his two year secondment ended as Ag. Principal a couple months ago.

It was this news site that also reported that the Minister for Education Hon. Walwyn has supported the retirement of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre Principal, Ms. Caryl O’Neal.

Mrs. Underhill speaks exclusively with VINO

When this news site called Ms Underhill on September 6, 2014, she said that she could not comment since negotiations were still underway with regards to her ascending to the position of acting Principal.

Ms Underhill however expressed a willingness to speak following the completion of the negotiations.

She said, "I decline to comment at this time because negotiations are still underway. I would be willing to speak with you [after the negotiations are complete]."

What is being offered?

Meanwhile, a Department of Education Official who is close to the negotiations told our news room that allegedly an offer of $80,000 a year is on the table for a 2 year contract, plus a vehicle and housing.

The Official told our news room in an invited interview that “the offer was made attractive because Sandy had called it quits so we had to make the offer attractive to bring her back.”

The Department of Education Senior Officer said the Ministry of Education and Culture is expected to make an announcement this week about the appointment of Mrs. Underhill as Acting Principal of the ESHS.

It remains unclear the status of the substantive holder of the post of Principal Ms. Melissa Amey. Mr. Wade W. Tobin has returned to the Seventh-Day Adventist School as Principal.

Under Mr. Tobin’s tenure there have been record breaking academic successes and achievements at the Territory’s largest Secondary School, however there was a breakdown in respect by students for authority.

Mr. Tobin’s school office was vandalized and items stolen and his vehicle’s glass was smashed. It is believed that he was being undermined by very senior elements in the Ministry and Department of Education.

Mrs. Underhill holds a Bachelor’s Degree, and it is reported that she has law school ambitions.

27 Responses to “Sandy M. Underhill In! Wade W. Tobin Out! as ESHS Principal ”

  • ccc (08/09/2014, 08:43) Like (16) Dislike (17) Reply
    Mvw playing politics again
  • xxxxxxxx (08/09/2014, 08:52) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Every dog has his day!!! It’s yours Sandy enjoy
  • Truth (08/09/2014, 08:57) Like (31) Dislike (27) Reply

    Ms. Underhill, from what I hear you up for a rude awakening the kids in that school dont like you much very because of your at...ude . You all need to bring back Ms. Amey, do I hear an Amen. Oh question did anyone realise that there are parents with more than one child/children in high school , the way things set up for the opening of school some will have to take 2 days out from work. Just saying..

    • @Truth (08/09/2014, 12:13) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
      You can be more positive. Give her your support, and together you can make a favourable change at the school.

      Also, the parents were informed early as to the schedule as regards students in different forms. Accordingly, they should have been able to make the necessary arrangements to lessen the disruption to their work day.
  • DON Q (08/09/2014, 10:36) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    The political mess in our education system will kill it kool out Myron
    • ccc (08/09/2014, 11:11) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
      Why you all crying now, ah you wanted NDP, U got NDP, why cry. Tek that.
  • wize up (08/09/2014, 10:43) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    the condition of the high school is like a ghetto so you will get ghetto behaviour....people usually become a product of their environment...give our children a descent place to learn, our children, the future of BVI under tents; that is very shameful for territory that boast how much millions we have in the reserve fund.......
    • Foolishness (08/09/2014, 11:24) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply

      Wize up thats pure BULL S..T! I read recently about all the youth that passed 8-11 CXC examinations with high grades. There are students that excel at athletics, music etc. Stop making excuses and blaming Government/School for these things. The school is not perfect but the kids can learn. The problem is that the parents buy the kids electronic tablets and other gadgets to keep them busy while they do their do, then expect the Teachers and Government to work miracles. Why do we focus on the kids not performing but completely ignore the great things happening at ESHS? Name a public institution anywhere else that doesn't have its issues. How many of us are willing to contribute financially to the upgrade of the school? NOT MANY! The minute they start charging then all hell broke loose about who poor and struggling. With the opening of the Tech School as an official secondary school the numbers at ESHS should drop. The Minister already said there are plans to separate the school into JR/SR on that same campus and there is more than enough space to do so. They need to start charging an admin fee for using the school and ensure that those funds are used solely to upgrade the school. But how many will agree to it? We have many Lawyers, Doctors, Accountants etc. from that same school and many more on their way out. It cannot be the worst! Stop playing politics and let's see how we can help. We have become worst than the Tea Party Americans just sitting waiting, refreshing our computers/tablets/phones for a story to pounce on with negativity. Then we blame the youth for their behavior? What example are we setting? WE should call out negative yes, but let's acknowledge the positives too as well.

      • wize up (08/09/2014, 16:36) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
        to foolishness; I am a graduate of BVI HIGH SCHOOL class of 1981, all of my children are graduates of the same school; my last son graduated 2014(this year) that is just for your I have nothing against the high school when I comes to academics BUT our children deserve better than those tents and those dirty looking building where they have to purchase need to take more pride in the BVI(if you are a citizen of this place).. we are not in the 1960s
  • facts man (08/09/2014, 11:45) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whoever they put there will always be a problem to some ppl
  • BREAKING NEWS (08/09/2014, 11:46) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Instead of harassing the principals why don't they report on the impending audit report on the Sea Cows Bay Harbor. "Don't judge me on my past" - Fraser.
  • SPECIAL REPORT (08/09/2014, 12:45) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    This administration continue to destroy lives and livelihood of individuals from the BVI.

    The worst is yet to come so keep eyes open.
  • mAN uP (08/09/2014, 13:47) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    Bring back tobin that school need a man
    • man down (08/09/2014, 15:36) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
      Get rid of the current minister of education. He is a disaster to the system and all that glitter is not gold. The man dangerous and ayo going hear the news.
  • Waiting (08/09/2014, 14:12) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Look how funny man has destroy so many young people careers…look what he did to his own mother in law…but there is a god he does not sleep deman
    • Correction (09/09/2014, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ waiting- You mean 'step mother' not mother in law. We got your point though.
  • lily (08/09/2014, 16:19) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    What are these comments saying and who are the blogers. I would expect everyone to give sandy their support and try to see if they can help to improve things at the high school. I do not have any children at the high school, but I am sad about what is happening. People need to be more positive, all is not lost. Sandy is a pleasant person, and sometimes kind words drive away wrath. A log of those children in the high school lacks attention and are acting out as a result. I acvise the parents to take a different approach and work with the principals and teachers with a view to rectifying the problem.
  • farmer brown (08/09/2014, 18:51) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    That's a lot of money she getting pure politics
  • xxxxxxxx (08/09/2014, 22:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    i wish her luck
  • Miss P (08/09/2014, 23:20) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Sandy, I known that you will do your best to make ESHS a better learning environment for the children that are there.
    May the Lord bless and keep you as you do your best.
    I cover you with the precious blood of Jesus.
  • wat dat (09/09/2014, 17:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When will we know who will be principal for BGFEC.They haf from July to do what .why did wait till the last moment.
  • ooooo (12/09/2014, 11:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    another ndp "success"
  • jo no say (13/09/2014, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    sandy god blessings on you my dear . you have a lot of positive comments but the few negative ones i know you can turn them into positives.Each day you put on the full armor of christ let him direct your path and protect you from all fiery darts that come against you. Training begins at home. These rebellious kids come from rebellious homes where they see rebellion every day , then they take their hostility to the schools and the streets. When you are praying pray fervent prayers for those students and their parents. most of these kids lack love at home they come up on profaniity @ disrespect.Parents can't controll their kids.
  • Serious times (13/09/2014, 23:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm not questioning her capability or ability to manage a school of that magnitude but I do agree, it does need a mans power, not only physically and emotionally but physiologically, and mentally to control the students. Mr. Stoutt held the Principal's post for years and he did an excellent job of mentoring, teaching as well as disciplining children. I can't fathom with this now Government why 3 Principals or Ag. Principal has held this post in less than 4 yrs. I wish her all the best. I hope with her Bachelors she has her Masters in BLACK BELT because she will definitely need it with those unruly & hostile children.
  • jo no say (19/09/2014, 22:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    sandy you just give respect and it will return to you.Put god first in your life and in your job girlfriend and no weapons formed against you shall prosper.Put on the full armor of christ everyday christ helmet of salvation,breastplate of righteousness ,shield of faith,sword of the spirit and your feet with the gospel of peace and once god be for you no man can be against you. HE WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLES FOR YOU.He looks over those who serve him and do his will.Believe and you will receive his grace and mercies.Do not go in your own strength but go in the strength of Jehovah God ALMIGHTY ALL POWERFUL. God is on your side.Not man.Human can do nothing without Jehovah.LOVE.GOD BLESS!

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