by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Education Board is still planning the date to meet with stakeholders of F.Q. Sanchez Elementary School in Umatac regarding their concerns to close the school in an effort to save the Department of Education some cash. Village mayor Dean Sanchez sent a letter to board chairperson Francis Santos expressing his opposition to the idea. He states it will not save money, as salaries for teachers and staff will be the same after they are transferred to any other school.
He adds closing the school would only turn the facility into a decaying eyesore that may become a target for vandalism and criminal mischief. More than 250 people signed a petition opposing any closure of the Umatac campus.
An Evergreen Solutions management audit conducted a couple of years ago recommended the closure. Since then the board either never entertained the issue or lacked a quorum to vote on it. The DOE Austerity Committee made the same recommendations this year.
In the meantime, board members have said they plan to meet with the stakeholders either at the end of this month or the beginning of May to hear their concerns with the potential closure.