Hopwood-MHS campus sharing seen until Jan.

Campus sharing between the Marianas High School and Hopwood Middle School is expected to last until January 2019, according to both schools’ principals.

While a specific date is still unconfirmed, MHS principal Cherlyn Cabrera and Hopwood principal Dr. Rizalina Liwag both told Saipan Tribune yesterday in separate interviews that they expect the campus sharing between the two schools to continue until early 2019.

Liwag, who spoke with Saipan Tribune just after Super Typhoon Yutu, noted that almost all, if not every, building in their Afetnas campus were damaged.

“I am hoping that we could share campuses until the end of January 2019 and, by the third quarter, we would hopefully be moving into our new temporary facility to have full-day classes,” Liwag said. Cabrera noted a similar timeline in a separate interview.

“The campus-sharing with Hopwood for sure would be until January 2019,” she said. “I believe the expected timeline is [sometime in] January 2019,” adding that she is not aware of a specific date ending the campus sharing.

Over 900 Hopwood students are currently using the MHS campus in the morning for their half-day double sessions, while the 1,550 students of MHS use the campus for their double-session classes in the afternoon.

“Hopefully everything goes back to normal when we move to our temporary classroom facilities in Koblerville,” Liwag said, without specifying the exact area in the village.

With campus sharing expected to last at least until next year, Cabrera noted that the cooperation between MHS and Hopwood staff is present, despite minor logistical problems.

“…I [believe] the transition went smoothly. When our students came, they were excited to be on campus and we were excited to see them,” she said, adding that today also highlighted the opening of the new MHS cafeteria.

Cabrera noted that sharing the campus with Hopwood went “smoothly” despite some electrical and maintenance problems. She noted that the issues were resolved with the coordination of Hopwood staffing.

“…We worked through it. We are a good team. So far it has been good. We were able to share resources and even able to share our staff in getting things done,” she said.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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