SAN GERMÁN – Mayor Virgilio Olivera Olivera raised the flag and asked the acting secretary of the Department of Education (DE), Eliezer Ramos Parés, to put the magnifying glass “on the most pressing needs that the schools of our Municipality of San Germán have.”
The First Municipal Executive, who was meeting yesterday with the regional director of the DE, Diana Vélez, presented his concern about the state in which the school facilities are located in the face of their reopening.
“Currently, we have nine schools, among these there are already some that are ready to reopen and, likewise, there are others that are partially so,” he stressed.
Two of the fundamental elements that the DE is taking into consideration for the reopening of school buildings are: structural damage (cracks, among other things) and vulnerability (short columns).
“In the case of our San Germán, we have schools with structural and vulnerable damages … To this day, unfortunately, the reality is that the DE has not yet begun with the repair work,” reported who made a call “respectfully, to the lawyer Ramos Parés so that he can attend to the situation promptly and classes can begin in the month of August… Since the earthquakes occurred, more than a year and a half ago, we have not seen any action or attempt to repair our school facilities. Our intention is that, in August, the schools will reopen, of course, complying with all the pertinent safety and health protocols and if so, the directive of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi … For us, the safety of the students is what First”.
“We trust, once again, in the help of the DE… According to an engineer, the issue of the cracks has already been claimed before the pertinent agencies. But, the problem is that it is still in the middle of the request for the money that is needed ($ 200 million) for the repair of all the schools in Puerto Rico, which is before the consideration of the Board of Fiscal Oversight (JSF) … We ask that much attention be paid to schools in the south, which have been the most vulnerable, since they are at the epicenter of the tremors, “he concluded.