ST. CROSS – Island Superintendent of Schools in the District of St. Croix, Carlos McGregor, will retire on December 31, ending 33 years of service with the VI Department of Education, the DOE said in a statement.
In a gift giving to McGregor on December 23, Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin thanked the veteran educator for his years of service to the children and families of Holy Cross.
“Mr. McGregor, it has been both an honor and a pleasure to have you on my management team for the past three years,” she said. “Before selecting you for this role, I had heard a lot talk about your work and I also had the opportunity to work with you on cultural programming during your time with Elena Christian. I knew you were the right person to lead the district. I wish you the best for your retirement and in this new chapter of your life.
According to the release, McGregor began his career as a kindergarten teacher at Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School (now Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School) and has also served as a teacher, vice-principal and principal of elementary and secondary schools. throughout the neighborhood. In February 2019, he was appointed superintendent.
During his three-year tenure as St. Croix’s senior education official, McGregor notably led schools in the district during the onset and continuing emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, students and teachers received new laptops and MiFi devices, as well as access to various technologies to ensure continued teaching and learning. Additionally, McGregor oversaw the modernization of school campuses and classrooms with CDC-compliant resources so that schools could potentially reopen safely, which they did in March 2021.
Additionally, McGregor presided over increasing the district’s preschool offerings from two to five classrooms, in line with the ministry’s desire to provide children with better access to early childhood education. McGregor also adjusted the start and end times of school to better meet the needs of students and parents, and initiated a change in the district’s learning structure by creating four K-8 schools – a model of learning that has benefited the academic and social development of students at schools on the continent, the DOE said.
In a retirement announcement letter to staff, McGregor said it was “a pleasure to work with all of the employees in the Office of the Island Superintendent,” and expressed his gratitude to Gov. Bryan, Berry-Benjamin , Assistant Superintendents Dr Carla Bastian and Ericilda Ottley -Herman, and Executive Assistant Kayavril Duncan-Smalls.