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Teachers at Serapio Lopez School Choose New Education Board

By Arianna McKinney

Serapio Lopez School in Nosara has an entirely new board of directors, and in just their first month they have already made a difference at the school.

Lidieth Prendas Hernandez is Serapio Lopez school board's new president.

The board is composed of parents nominated by teachers and appointed by the municipality for three years.  Although the Minister of Education’s internal law establishes that there must be five members on the board, the former board was down to just three members. That has now been remedied. The five new members are: President Lidieth Prendas Hernandez, Vice President Cristopher Heibman, Secretary Heiner Avila Alvarado, First Vocal Gilbert Baltodano Juarez and Second Vocal Pedro Aragon Ruiz. 

The Board’s role is to provide administrative direction for the school, ensure that all are completing their functions, oversee use of funds from the government and Ministry of Education, including the funds for students’ meals, and raise funds for other needs.

Prendas explained that their primary goals are to improve the school’s infrastructure and academic level.
Prendas herself attended Serapio Lopez school as a child, 17 years ago. She related that the school’s new director, Victor Julio Madrigal Leal, was her teacher from fourth to sixth grades and has fond memories of how he interacted with the children.

Since those days, Prendas said the school has changed completely. “Now it’s very difficult,” she said, noting that many children barely know how to read when they finish school. She indicated that one reason for this was the former director’s lack of interest in such matters.    

Referring to the school’s size, with 21 educators and an average of 320 students, Prendas described Serapio Lopez as the principal school in the zone and hopes the school will set the example for other schools. 

“We’re mobilizing now,” Prendas asserted.

Already since the new board members began their duties, they have initiated the Blue Flag program, obtained a donation of furniture such as desks and chairs from Banco Costa Rica in San Jose, redecorated and organized the director’s office and begun soliciting help from government entities, local organizations and businesses to build new classrooms. They want to reconstruct two abandoned classrooms and build five more. 

One reason new classrooms are needed, Prendas explained, is because two groups of children currently have to attend school in the afternoon, meaning that they don’t finish classes until 5 p.m. or later, and many of them live far from the school. “We believe they’re still very small to be walking in the streets at these hours,” Prendas expressed, especially during rainy season.


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