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Calvo on Campus: Gov visits Upi Elem.

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo continues his weekly tour of the island's public schools. With representatives from Mental Health, DYA, GPD, DISID and Public Health, the island's chief executive spent at least two hours touring Upi Elementary School today.

With more than 800 students, principal Beverly San Agustin says the Yigo campus is overcrowded. She desperately needs more staff to help monitor the children. "The amount of school aides is only allotted on the population of students and so I only have two substitutes and when two substitutes don't come to work, I have ten faculty out, all my six aides are exhausted that means it leaves no one on the floor to supervise," she explained.

More alarming is that the elementary school lacks the required number of nurses, something that could have been useful Tuesday when students in one classroom showed signs of chickenpox and the mumps. Traffic is also another concern, with San Agustin, saying, "In case of an emergency that we have experienced before there are no other alternatives routes other than Route 15, so my concern is health and safety concerns."

It's a problem Governor Calvo admits may grow in the near future. "There's going to be more military folks coming in, there is going to be potentially a firing range built south of here so these are concerns they have now and we have to see how we can alleviate the traffic problems," he said.

The principal also notes some air pollution concerns from nearby Andersen Air Force Base that she hopes will be addressed. She said, "We've been experiencing some air from the exhaust fumes from the plane and we are looking into the idea as far as air quality control, the mayor has shared that with me as well as some of the parents that are residents nearby the school."

San Agustin says while they do get support from the community, she is hopeful this visit will address her concerns in a campus that is seventy percent full of at risk students.

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