18 Jul 2013

American Samoa merges schools to cut costs

3:03 pm on 18 July 2013

The American Samoa Department of Education is consolidating two elementary schools in the territory's Manu'a island group, as part of cost cutting measures imposed by the governor.

The Department is also reviewing schools on the main island of Tutuila to see which ones can be consolidated.

The Department director, Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau, says in the Manua's, Faleasao Elementary School, with an enrollment of 80 students, will be consolidated with Fitiuta Elementary School, whose enrollment is less than 50 students.

She says the consolidation begins next month.

She says currently Education Department pays between 3,000 to 4,000 US dollars a month for each of the schools.