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BOE approves designs for 3 PSS repair and construction projects

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THE Board of Education on Tuesday approved the designs for  three school repair and construction projects funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA has provided over $7.7 million for the projects at Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School, Da’ok Academy and William S. Reyes Elementary School.

These schools that were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018 are among the Public School System projects to be funded by FEMA.

Nine other projects remain pending because their designs have yet to be received, reviewed or approved by  FEMA.

BOE vice chairman Herman Atalig said PSS is now waiting for authorization to proceed from the U.S. Department of the Interior-Office of Insular Affairs to use the remaining Assessment of Buildings and Classrooms or ABC funds, which will provide the 10% local matching funds.

He said PSS is expecting about $2.6 million that will be redirected to the school system.

Under Section 428 of the Stafford Act, FEMA has obligated $1.35 million for the reconstruction of FMS Middle School Building C.

For the new Da’ok Academy building,  which will be located in the northeast corner of Koblerville Elementary School, FEMA has obligated $1.77 million.

The building  can accommodate 90 students and will have five classrooms, three offices and restrooms. 

Also to be funded by FEMA are the WSR Elementary School auditorium/cafeteria project for $1.79 million and Building C reconstruction for $2.7 million.

Funding for “all these projects is already obligated by FEMA, but in order for us to move forward, there has to be a design that will be forwarded to FEMA for its review and approval,” said Atalig, who is also the chairman of the BOE committee on capital improvement projects.

“We are already behind in submitting our designs for the Section 428 projects,” he said, adding that the deadline for submission is before April 2021.

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