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Interior approves $1 million for public school repairs

THE U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has approved a $1 million grant to support the Public School System’s Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts, Associate Education Commissioner Lynette Villagomez said.

Lynette Villagomez

She added that PSS is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and CNMI government agencies on the repair of public schools, including the hardening of their roofs, one of FEMA’s requirements.

“Our goal is to move the schools that are currently on double session to full-day session in the next school year,” Villagomez said in an interview.

Typhoon Yutu damaged several schools, forcing PSS to implement half-day and double-session classes.

Villagomez said four schools are still on double sessions: William S. Reyes Elementary School, Oleai Elementary School, San Vicente Elementary School and Francisco M. Sablan Middle School.

“They will remain on double sessions for the rest of the school year. We have extended the time and school day for them. For example, we have the first session early in the morning and the second is until afternoon,” Villagomez said.

She added that the Office of Curriculum and Instructions has been with teachers to ensure that these students receive the content that is required.”