樟湖生態國民中小學 Jhanghu Ecological Junior High and Elementary School
Jhanghu is the first public educational institution of its kind Taiwanwide. Established as an elementary school in the village of the same name in a mountainous part of Gukeng, the institution was forced to relocate to a new site 5 kilometers away after Typhoon Morakot lashed Taiwan in August 2009.
Construction on the new school, which ran from July 2012 to September 2013, included the addition of a junior high section. The project was made possible with NT$171 million (US$570,000) in funding from Taipei City-based Chang Yung-fa Foundation.
Although the campus measures 2.78 hectares, only 9,000 square meters were utilized, Chen said, adding that its 10 buildings are smaller than those of other schools. Each classroom can accommodate 20 students at most.