Lawmakers want PSS to prioritize school repair

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NOW that the teachers and principals will get half of their incentives, House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan and House Education Chairman Roman C. Benavente would also like to see the Public School System rebuild damaged classrooms.

In separate interviews, Sablan, who also chairs the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, and Benavente said they support the recent decision of the Board of Education to release the incentives for teacher, principals, vice principals, counselors, and librarians.

“I congratulate those who are eligible to receive the incentives,” Sablan said. “PSS should now focus on rebuilding the classrooms for children, especially in schools conducting double sessions.”

Benavente said besides William S. Reyes Elementary School and Hopwood Middle School, there are other schools that need repairs.

“My worry is that in the double sessions, the students may not be getting the education they need,” he added.

Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada told Variety that 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. 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 by March 2020, all public schools will be back on a full-day schedule.

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