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CoreTech waiting for word on JFK contract

by Michele Catahay

Guam - While the John F. Kennedy High School community waits to hear back on what's planned for next school year, the Government of Guam has until next month to inform CoreTech International on whether it plans to renew the contract for the interim campus.

The island's public sector must give written notice to CoreTech 120 days from when the lease was signed in July 31 - that means they have until the end of February to do so. CoreTech Business Development Director Joshua Tenorio says they must act soon because it'll be even more difficult to obtain adequate facilities for the students, as construction projects for the buildup begin to increase.

He told KUAM News, "I'm hoping that some decisions will be made. Either way, we're prepared and ready to mobilize and populate for workforce housing purposes but we made it clear that if the government wants to use it for the children on Guam, we'll defer to that for the community. Other than that, I guess by the end of February, we'll know."

Tenorio says it will cost the government $3.4 million, which he says will all go toward giving tax credits to his company.  "With the tax credits, they're supposed to be transferable. Right now, we're trying to refine with the Department of Revenue & Taxation how exactly it is that we're going to be able to use these tax credits as currency.  Because the tax credits they're providing us right now exceed the taxes we owe the government or we would ever owe the government," he explained.

Tenorio says right now, the window is open for GovGuam to obtain the facility for JFK, but he does admit time is ticking and decisions need to be made soon.  "As soon as that window closes and when the first of the inhabitants for the workforce start inhabiting that place, then I would say that window will be closed. They have a few months I guess. With some of the holdup with the military buildup, they might have some time, but not a lot," he said.

With the Guam Community Improvement Foundation heading to court further tying up the construction of a new JFK campus, committee chairperson on education Speaker Judi Won Pat says all branches of the government need to work together to come up with a solution. It's still unclear how GovGuam will come up with the funding for an interim campus, but Won Pat admits they need to act soon.

"In order then to renew the lease of the facility, that has to be done very early in the year and if that's not done, the school will then basically be without a facility. So I advise Guam DOE to seriously look into that and start working closely with the Legislature and the Governor's Office on what is going to happen and where we should go next.

The JFK stakeholders have said that they don't want double sessions at GW, nor do they want students to be separated come next school year.

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