THE Department of Education (DepEd) officially turned over a four-storey senior high school (SHS) building with 20 classrooms to (NOHS) in Bacolod City on Friday.
The building costs P31 million funded by DepEd and constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Cheryl Tondo, officer-in-charge of DepEd Schools Division in Northern Negros, and NOHS principal Mario Amaca led the ceremonial ribbon-cutting in rites held at the school campus yesterday.
It was witnessed by Executive Assistant to the Governor Angel Verdeflor and Assistant District Engineer Leah Jamero of the DPWH Bacolod City Lone Engineering District.
The blessing of the school building was officiated by Monsignor Victorino Rivas, parish priest of San Antonio Abad Church.
With the completion of the building, Amaca said the Grades 11 and 12 students will no longer occupy the gazebos for their academic classes, but will permanently move to the new building for better classroom setting.
For five months, about 1,300 senior high students temporarily utilized the gazebos for their classes.
Classes of about 700 Grade 11 students are held from 6 a.m. to 12 noon while classes for roughly 600 Grade 12 students are conducted from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
NOHS has a total population of 7,200.
Amaca said he is thankful that the 115-year-old school has an additional facility that can enhance the learning of students to discover their capabilities.
With the influx of senior high students next year, Amaca appealed to the DPWH to fast-track the completion of the other building so that the school can accommodate all of them without anymore having two shifts of classes.
He also proposed a special program of journalism for senior high students.
Amaca said they are also expecting another building with 68 classrooms from DepEd, but construction has yet to start.
Tondo said all 119 secondary schools in the province are offering senior high schools and there are enough classrooms and teachers.
For NOHS, 31 teachers were hired for senior high students.