New developments for local schools

The 2017-2018 school year has begun for the students of American Samoa and as mandated by Honorable Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, local school facilities continue to be constructed and upgraded to improve the quality of education for the children of American Samoa.


On the 31st of August 2017, Fagali’i Elementary School was dedicated. Assistant Director of Secondary Education, HTC Taulauega Dr. Samasoni Asaeli was the Master of Ceremony and Rev. Fa’alii Otineru, of the CCCAS of Fagali’i, gave the blessings. The Department of Public Works Deputy Ta’ase gave an overall history of the project. DOE Director thanked the Governor and the ASG departments and private companies that constructed the school buildings. Pacific Rim Enterprise/Tony Construction leveled the site. Quality Painting/Happy Trucking Rainbow Construction built the buildings. This was a FEMA funded project and CIP funded the school furniture’s. Total cost of project: 2.8 million. (Taputapu site described by the Federal inspectors as a disaster area due to past natural disaster (tsunami) that devastated the area and therefore the new site was selected in Fagali’i.)


The Matafao ECE Building has received a new facelift. The old kindergarten building will be used for three classrooms, bathrooms, showers, and a space for students’ meals. New student bathrooms located west of the school is also getting a new facelift. This was necessary to accommodate the 600+ student enrollment. According to Principal Tino Roberts, these improvements coincided with the WASC recommendation section; areas need improvements. The next WASC mid-visit will be held in 2019. It is hopeful that these new projects be completed, in addition to the new school gym, as approved by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.


On Friday, September 15, 2017, Aua Elementary School held its dedication for their new gymnasium and 2 additional, 2 story buildings for classrooms, a computer lab, offices, and a new cafeteria. Mr. Siauini Taala, of the Elementary Division, was the Master of Ceremony for the day’s event. Rev. Viliamu Leilua, of CCCAS Aua, blessed the occasion and the Aua School Choir sang the opening hymn. Mrs. Faleosina Voigt, Director of Public Works, gave remarks on the project. Special remarks were given by Governor Lolo Moliga, as well as remarks from Director of Education, Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga. It was an exciting day for all who attended, especially for the students, teachers, staff, parents and community of Aua.

(information from DOE home site)

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