FEMA to build temporary schools

THE Federal Emergency Management Agency will build temporary schools on island, according to FEMA Region IX Deputy Administrator Bill Roche.

At a conference  on Thursday, Roche said FEMA in cooperation with the CNMI government, the Public School System and Northern Marianas College are working on a plan “to get the kids back to school.”

He said “they are assessing the capacities of the affected schools.”

All CNMI public schools, NMC, and many private schools sustained major damage after Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan and Tinian last week.

 Asked about a timeframe for the opening of temporary schools, Roche said, “I wish I could give you a rock-solid date. A lot of schools have been damaged.”

 He said they will also determine “what kind of rapid repair we can do at the structures that were not destroyed.”

He added, “It is early to tell. What I first want to do is clear some sites and work toward building a temporary facility. We are going to use all the assets and resources that we have.”

Gov. Ralph Torres, for his part, said setting a definite date for the resumption of classes is not possible at the moment.

“I’m sure we will stumble on other issues along the way,” he added.

 Torres said they are considering two questions: Are the sites clear enough to build temporary schools? Or should they repair schools and consolidate classes instead?

Source: Marianas Variety :

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