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BOE, PSS to prioritize relocation of Hopwood, GES

THE Board of Education and the Public School System will prioritize planning for the relocation of Hopwood Middle School and Garapan Elementary School.

“We are looking forward to working with the governor and the legislative branch in regards to the relocation of [these schools]. We want to move them away from business areas,” newly elected BOE Chairwoman Janice Tenorio said.

The goal is to build modern facilities made of concrete in secure areas, she added.

On Monday, BOE member MaryLou S. Ada said they will meet with the governor to discuss designating public land for Hopwood’s new location. One possible area is the Parks and Recreations land in As Perdido.

Ada said the PSS Capital Improvement Projects Committee has already approved the Hopwood relocation with CIP coordinator Rachel Fusco as the head project manager.

“It will be a long project but I want it to move forward because our school shelter is just temporary,” Ada added. “We want to work with a permanent structure but that will take two to three years to build. It will be our first CIP — the construction of a middle school.”

She said the first step is to designate a piece of land. “Once we get that, the financing will take place. [The Federal Emergency Management Agency] is helping us.”

Ada added that the new school will have a capacity of up to 1,000 students and will include space for physical education and a wellness program as well as an auditorium.