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Sodexo completes review of half of schools

by Michele Catahay

Guam - Assessments at the island's public schools continue as the group hired by the Department of Education hopes to finish a report by the end of next month. Sodexo has toured more than 50% of the school system and as of today, 23 schools have been fully assessed.

And according to Sodexo district manager Jeff Boling, they're seeing a lot of the same issues.  He said, "There are definite common problems. One is roofing, there are some air conditioning problems, but every school has its unique situations that we want to take care of, but we're noting those. We're identifying those issues, so the school districts can then come and prioritize for the needs of the current schools."

The group is hoping to finish the assessments before the end of next week. In fact, a meeting was held downtown at DOE's Central Office in Hagatna where officials gave an update. "We wanted to give them an update on the current assessment, our F-Cap program. And it went really well. We are progressing with our approach and we expect to have our inspection phase complete by next week," said Boling.

DOE is set to spend millions of dollars and these assessments are necessary in order to move forward. The island's public schools have seen their share of wear and tear over the years and doe hasn't received adequate funding for maintenance. Boling says these assessments will allow doe to track how it plans on spending stimulus funds, adding, "With ARRA, we have to have every identification tracked and identified so it's allocated properly. And what that report will do, it would give us a five year capital plan for the facilities in the schools, so we can go and look at the future on how we develop and maintain the equipment that is currently in the schools."

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