Construction of temporary Hopwood classrooms expected to be completed by end of January

THE construction of temporary classrooms for Hopwood Middle School has started and is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

In a recent Board of Education meeting, Education Commissioner Glenn Muna said the 42 temporary classrooms are located near Koblerville Elementary School.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier proposed the area between Koblerville Elementary School and Saipan Southern High School as the site of the temporary classrooms.

“However,” Muna said, “the plan was changed after an inspection was made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [The original site] could be a fire hazard because it would be near the [SSHS] entrance and exit, and Hopwood has a lot of students.”

Hopwood was severely damaged by Typhoon Yutu and was declared by FEMA as “totally lost,” Muna added.

Hopwood’s 915 students are presently attending morning classes at Marianas High School while MHS students attend classes in the afternoon.

Despite the construction of temporary classrooms near Koblerville Elementary School, Muna said they do not expect traffic jams in the area.

He said the Koblerville students will arrive at their campus an hour earlier before Hopwood’s.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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