by Nick Delgado
Guam - George Washington High School Administrators are hosting a series of stakeholder meetings to find out which of the four options presented to lawmakers this week they will select. The options hope to curb the overcrowding situation. The first would be to redistrict 700 students to Southern High, the second option is double-session, third an extended school day, and fourth to remain status quo but request for an additional $400,000 in the budget for supplies and equipment.
While principal Begona Flores says it seems most students and parents prefer status quo, another parent - Kenneth Duenas - recommends a junior high concept. "What that does is move 9th graders which is always the bulk in the high school level and draws the highest population, some 900 here at GW, is they can move them back to junior high and of course 6th graders going back to elementary knowing that we do have a lot of elementary schools that are somewhat empty," she explained.
Guam Education Board member Ron Ayuyu says the board is scheduling a work session to discuss the idea. The stakeholders meeting will continue tomorrow for all teachers at 1pm at the Mangilao campus.