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Several stand against new northern school

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Many in the community are urging Speaker Judi Won Pat to make changes to her bill to construct a new northern high school. A hearing was held this morning on Bill 413, which would allow for a new school to be built in Harmon.

Frank Mafnas from the Dededo Municipal Council opposed the construction of a school in his village, saying the proposed area is too congested to build a school there.  "I would like to see it in an area where it's away from the business district and put it somewhere in between - if they're going to call it northern, they should keep it in between Dededo and Yigo, right in the middle. There are government lands they should look at," he proclaimed.

Won Pat says the most viable option would be to possibly expand Okkodo High School, but lawmakers would have to seek a legal opinion on the matter.  "We just need to be able to work it out with the Attorney General's Office now because the property, as it was built and financed by a private company and we're leasing the school and for us to go in there and put another school, we can still use the RFP because you can't use two owners, so I have to work with legal council on that," she stated.

As for the Marbo property in Mangilao, Won Pat says the military has expressed interest in taking it back by doing a land exchange, but it's an issue the Government of Guam needs to tackle first.

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