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ELENA CHRISTIAN CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY

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Students at Elena Christian Junior High School won't be back in classes until the year 2000.
And if work isn't completed on the damaged school by then, Elena Christian students will still face the possibility of double session at the John H. Woodson Junior High School.
After meeting with Education Commissioner Ruby Simmonds, Noreen Michael, assistant commissioner and Insular Superintendent Terrence Joseph, James announced the school would remain closed until school resumes after the holidays on Jan.10.
The school, which was damaged during Hurricane Lenny in November, has been the center of controversy for weeks with government officials and teachers divided on whether the school was safe.
Delegate Donna Christian-Christiansen expressed concern over the health and safety of the teachers and students earlier this week. Simmonds closed the school indefinitely at that time, saying parents and faculty should monitor media updates for information about the schools' reopening.
James said the Federal Emergency Management Agency had identified $137,482 in funds to repair the school, which includes roof repairs, replacement of ceiling and floor tiles and repairs to windows and louvers.
Christiansen also said this week that mitigation funding particularly earmarked for Elena Christian Junior High has been available pending matching dollars from the local government.
"The recently provided U.S. Department of Interior capital projects grant should be able to provide this match," Christiansen said.
Simmonds said, "We hope we can replace the acoustical ceiling tiles with ply-board which is more durable and which may be more cost effective."
The Education commissioner asked parents and guardians to see to it that their children read, write and engage in other mentally stimulating activities while they are out of school.

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