Since August 13th, Serapio López School has a new principal, following the arrival of the Nicoyan educator Otis Rosales Guevara.
Rosales understands the past and present of the institution, as he has worked there since 2002 as a teacher, now as its director, so he is aware of the challenges and projects that need urgent attention.
Currently, 249 children attend the school located in the center of Nosara, and eleven of them are receiving a scholarship through which they are completely fed at the school’s cafeteria, including breakfast and lunch.
Last week, the institution completed the installation of new drains for proper disposal of wastewater and they are currently negotiating the purchase of a storage tank for potable water, to supply the liquid during possible outages.
“Many times, the ASADA’s maintenance of the pipes and water tanks leaves us without water, so many children have to eat a dry lunch or we have to send them back to their homes and lessons are lost,” said Rosales.
The estimated cost of the tank depends on the amount of liquid it will hold, but it could be around $500 (250,000 colones).
Those funds are administered by the Board of Education of the institution, which is made up of parents and community residents.
The director also highlighted receiving the Ecological Blue Flag (Bandera Azul Ecológica) in April of this year, construction of the new playground for kindergarten children, the building of two new storage sheds, the installation of two benches where students now sit, and campaigns against dengue that teachers and students regularly perform in and around the institution.
For next year, the school plans to put air conditioning in the computer classroom, expand the kitchen, and build a concrete channel for drainage between the classroom pavilions.
“I want to thank the board of education for their work that has made possible the realization of so many projects, but above all I want to tell children and parents that the school is theirs, that we will continue to work and we want it to be their second home,” concluded Rosales.