Gov. Eloy S. Inos signed into law on Friday a bill officially renaming a Rota school “Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Junior/Senior High School,” two years after the Board of Education merged the junior and high schools on the island.
Rep. Teresita Santos’ (R-Rota) House Bill 18-64 is now Public Law 18-15.
A local law earlier signed, Rota Local Law 17-6, renamed the Rota Junior High School in Songsong the “Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Junior High School” in recognition and appreciation of Dr. Rita H. Inos’ untiring and outstanding contributions to the Public School System and the CNMI people.
Inos was PSS commissioner from June 1998 to December 2005. She began her education career on the islands in 1972 until she passed away in 2009.
On Aug. 25, 2011, the Board of Education voted and approved to merge Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Junior High School and Rota High School.
“In light of the BOE’s decision to merge the two schools, it would only be fitting that the name be kept,” the new law says.
BOE approved the two Rota schools’ merger to help save on operational cost, estimated then at $540,000, including savings on utility consumption as a result of shutting down some school buildings.