PSS official: Hopwood repair 90% complete

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THE repair work at Hopwood Middle School is 90% complete, according to Public School System Associate Commissioner for Administrative Services Charley Kenty.

Nineteen Hopwood classrooms are being repaired, and the renovation of the hallway and the cafeteria is already complete, he said.

“The fence surrounding the damaged buildings will be completed by next week,” Kenty told the Board of Education during a meeting Wednesday.

Hopwood was one of the most extensively damaged schools on island after Super Typhoon Yutu slammed into Saipan and Tinian in Oct. 2018.

Of Hopwood’s 54 classrooms, only 19 can be repaired and renovated.

BOE member MaryLou Ada expressed hope that the Hopwood students will attend classes in the next school year on their campus.

Hopwood students have been attending classes in military tents in Koblerville since Feb. 2019.

Kenty told the BOE on Wednesday that Hopwood has a committee that has drawn up a plan for the reopening of the school campus in Chalan Piao.

“The progress that the contractors are making is all part of the plan,” he added. “As soon the as fences are secured, then we will be having a meeting with the principal and parents who are part of the committee to start planning for the relocation,”

When school reopens in September, Hopwood principal Dr. Rizalina Liwag said they will conduct double-session classes to accommodate all the students who will enroll at Hopwood.

In the previous school-year, Hopwood had a population of over 900 students.

Online registration

For the next school year, parents and guardians can register their children online, according to Lynette Villagomez, PSS associate commissioner for accountability, research, and evaluation.

She said PSS will soon post the online registration link on its Facebook page.

“For those who do not have access [to internet], parents can go to the school and register provided they observe the social distancing directives,” Villagomez said.

When parents fill out the online registration form, she added, the information will automatically go to the PSS student information system.

“It is less work on the part of the school. In the past, the information was filled out on hard copy. Then the school registrar or school personnel will have to manually fill out the form into the database. This causes a lot of errors. Online registration will decrease the errors in the student information system,” Villagomez said.

It has been standard practice of PSS to send out registration forms on an annual basis to parents so they can update the students’ information, she added.

In addition, she said, PSS is working on providing digital copies of students’ transcripts.


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