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FEMA obligates $1.7M for construction of new Da’ok building

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WITH $1.7 million available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Board of Education has approved the construction of a new building for the Da’ok Academy on the Marianas High School campus.

During the regular board meeting on Jan. 14, Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan, Public School System association commissioner for student and support services, said FEMA has obligated $1.7 million for either the renovation or construction of a new Da’ok building.

PSS is now in the process of deciding how many classrooms are necessary for Da’ok, she added.

Besides classrooms, Da’ok also needs an office for administration, restrooms, and a common area that will double as a cafeteria, she said.

The building of Da’ok Academy at MHS was destroyed when Super Typhoon Yutu slammed into Saipan and Tinian in October 2018.

During its regular meeting on Jan. 14, the Board of Education approved the construction of new school building for Da’ok Academy at Marianas High School.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Currently, the 45 students at Da’ok are attending classes at the Northern Marianas Technical Institute in Lower Base.

Pangelinan said NMTI has provided four classrooms to the Da’ok students. “They have to vacate NMTI at the end of the instructional day because other programs need to run,” she added.

BOE vice chairman Herman Atalig, who chairs its Capital Improvement Projects Committee, moved for the construction of a new building for Da’ok Academy at MHS.

The board members unanimously approved the motion.

Da’ok Academy caters to students who are at risk of not graduating from high school.

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