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US education officials visit MHS

VISITING U.S. Department of Education officials encouraged Marianas High School students to be “part of the solution,” MHS principal Cherlyn Cabrera said.

“They wanted to see what is going on here,” he said, referring to the visitors. “These are the officials in charge of federal funding and supporting insular areas like us.”

At MHS, the officials talked with the students and asked them what they wanted for their school.

“The students’ answers were interesting,” Cabrera said. “A lot of them want different and more courses. They want more Advanced Placement courses. They also asked for more parking, better classroom furniture.”

The officials, for their part, challenged the students to be part of the solution and encouraged them to think, Cabrera said.

U.S. Department of Education officials recently visited Marianas High School where they met with  students and enjoyed the performances of the MHS POLKSAI Chamorro and Refaluwasch clubs.  Contributed photo

“Of course you can list a lot of things and issues and concerns but you also have to be part of the solution. You must propose solutions,” Cabrera quoted the officials as saying.

The officials also asked teachers about their needs. “Teachers talked about wanting to use more technology that is not readily available right now,” Cabrera said. “A lot of our computers are shared between several teachers and they don’t get to use them every day. Those are some of the concerns — the administrative things that they have to deal with,” Cabrera said.

The U.S. education officials were here to monitor the different federally funded programs.

Cabrera said program coordinators and managers send them regular reports, Cabrera said.

“It was good to hear feedback from the students and teachers regarding their concerns and hear from the U.S. Department of Education how they can support us. They were pleased with our lunch program and pleased with our students,” she added.