The American Samoa governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has transferred all public school maintenance functions to the Department of Public Works, so schools can focus solely on education.
Four months ago, the department of health found several school facilities in deplorable conditions, which led to the delay of the start of the new school year by two weeks.
These conditions expedited Lolo's decision to transfer school maintenance to the public works department.
The governor's executive assistant, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, says it's Lolo's wish that the education department concentrate on educating students.
He says Lolo wants teachers to focus on classroom teaching instead of having to worry about the conditions of public school facilities.