4 schools to return to full-day schedule on Jan. 6

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WHEN classes resume on Jan. 6, 2020, four public schools that are holding double or half-day sessions will return to a full-day schedule, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said.

These are San Vicente Elementary School, Koblerville Elementary School, Oleai Elementary School, and Francisco M. Sablan Middle School.

The following will continue to hold double or half-day sessions: Kagman Elementary School, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, and William S. Reyes Elementary School.

Ada said KagES students cannot return to their campus yet.

The junction box, transformer, and power panel of the school had to be repaired.

While these electrical issues were being fixed, Ada said the contractor discovered more problems that should be fixed to ensure the students’ safety.

For example, he added, “the electric line is near the water line. It poses a lot of risk for the students.”

More time is needed to fix this and other problems, Ada said.

Since the opening of the new school year in September, KagES has been conducting classes at Chacha Oceanview Middle School. KagES students attend classes in the morning while Chacha students attend classes in the afternoon.

At WSR, Ada is hoping that the ongoing repairs will be completed by spring next year.

Dandan Middle School, which conducted half-day classes in November after it encountered electrical problems, resumed its regular class schedule in the first week of December, DMS vice principal Reo Arriola said.

PSS federal programs manager Tim Thornburgh said a large component of the Project Restart of the U.S. Department of Education, which awarded PSS a $12.3 million grant, is for classroom repairs and replacement of instructional materials. In addition, the grant provides retention incentives to teachers and other education personnel.

Of the $12.3 million, PSS will receive about $11.6 million, while over $700,000 will be shared by private schools: Mount Carmel School, Saipan Community School, Golden Harvest, Green Meadow School, Saipan International School, Brilliant Star, Northern Marianas International School, Isla Montessori, and Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja.

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