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Health violations shut down Dededo school

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by Michele Catahay

Finegayan Elementary School was shut down around 4pm Tuesday after Education Suruhanu Dominic Terlaje and various regulatory agencies made another visit to the Dededo campus today - seven months after their first inspection back in March.

According to Education Committee Chairperson Speaker Judi Won Pat, the suruhanu found various health and safety violations to include termite and rodent infestation, exposed electrical wiring, excessive draining from air conditioners leading into the walkways, open drain pipes, inoperable water fountains, a lack of toilet paper and paper towels, and uncovered drain pipes.  Vegetation was also found to be growing on top of the school roof.  The campus also lacks a fire alarm and several air conditioners that have broken down.  

In total, the school received 44 demerits, giving them a near failing "D" rating.  Won Pat meanwhile says the school had attempted to address the issues, but apparently there were problems in getting the purchase orders addressed.

Last June, the Attorney General's Health and Safety Task Force shut down the school's cafeteria.  

Assistant Principal John Wesolowski says there will not be school for students tomorrow, adding that school officials are trying the best they can to get repairs completed as soon as possible.

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