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New Classrooms Flood at Samara’s High School

By Arianna McKinney

Samara’s rural high school now has two rows of new classrooms, but there’s a problem with the row closest to the street —the rooms flood with rainwater. 

The new classrooms were completed at the beginning of August, but the plan to divert rainwater through a ditch along the main road has been stalled by a dispute with neighboring hotel Villas Playa Samara since the ditch would divert the water toward the hotel. 

Although the hotel received a letter from the municipality requesting that the hotel continue the drainage ditch along the roadway in front of the hotel, hotel manager Philippe Brisson affirmed that it is not the municipality’s jurisdiction since it is a national roadway.
 

The hotel maintains that the area between the road and the hotel is hotel property rather than public right-of-way and erected a barbwire fence around the area to assert the claim.

Leda Maria Espinoza Matarrita, president of the board of education, said that since it is a national roadway, they are meeting with the environmental committee, MOPT and Conavi to resolve the issue.     
In the meantime, a provisional water channel is helping a little, according to the high school’s director, Maria Benita Gomez Moreno; however water and mud still seep into the classrooms. 

The five new prefabricated classrooms include a computer lab, a library and an administrative office.  The project was shut down by the municipality on April 30th because of the rainwater issue but the municipality granted permission to continue with construction on May 7th. The project was expected to be complete in early June. 


 

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