PSS to build a new building for Da’ok Academy

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Posted on Jan 22 2020

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The Board of Education approved the construction of a new facility for Public School System Da’ok Academy that will be located within the Marianas High School campus.

BOE chair Janice Tenorio, members Marylou Ada, Andrew Orsini, Herman Atalig, and Phillip Mendiola-Long unanimously voted to approve the construction of a brand-new building for the Da’ok Academy.

The Da’Ok Academy building was completely destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018, leaving the academy without a permanent facility.

Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan, Public School System association commissioner for student and support services, informed the board that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has allocated $1.7 million for either the renovation or construction of a new Da’ok Academy building. The BOE opted for the construction of a new building.

PSS is now in the process of deciding how many classrooms are needed for the Da’ok Academy.

Aside from classrooms, the new Da’ok Academy facility will include an office for administration, restrooms, and a common area that will double as a cafeteria.

Currently, Da’ok Academy’s 45 students are attending classes at the Northern Marianas Technical Institute in Lower Base, which has provided four classrooms for the use of the Da’ok students but they have to vacate NMTI at the end of the instructional day because other programs need to occupy the same classrooms.

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

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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