MHS gym prepares for repair work


After being idled by Typhoon Soudelor for more than 18 months, the Marianas High School gymnasium will soon start seeing some repairs.

Education Commissioner Cynthia Deleon Guerrero said during last week’s parent summit that the gym is being cleared out now for repairs.

“A lot of the items inside the gym were damaged, so in order for the contractors to move forward with the project, they need to clear out the existing items in the gym,” she said.

Deleon Guerrero hopes the repair work would be done by the end of 2017. That means MHS seniors for the Class of 2017 would be graduating at a different venue, same as the MHS Class of 2016’s graduation last year.

The MHS gymnasium, which was first erected in 2001 with a budget of $2.8 million, was heavily damaged by August 2015’s Typhoon Soudelor. The gym has yet to see repairs since then.

MHS is the high school with the largest population.

In an earlier interview with Saipan Tribune, MHS principal Cherlyn Cabrera said in February 2017 that issues surrounding the delay of the repairs include getting the materials to the island. Back in February, Cabrera disclosed that construction would start soon and “hopefully be done by September or October.”

According to Deleon Guerrero, the repairs and renovations of the gym would only be that—repairs and renovation—as the gym is already a state-of-the-art facility.

“We are restoring it to what it used to be,” 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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