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Adelup meeting discusses JFK ribbon-cutting

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Shut down three years ago, the JFK High School can't wait to move into their new and improved campus. With the start of classes less than a month away, the pressure is on for the Islanders to move in to their new and improved Upper Tumon campus. The governor's chief education advisor, Vince Leon Guerrero, and communications director Troy Torres met with JFK alumni and current students Monday to discuss logistics for the school's upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony.

According to Torres, the date of the ceremony is tentatively scheduled for August 6, but may be pushed to August 13 due to the unfinished driveway where the ribbon cutting is set to be staged. "What they wanted to do is to ensure that they're getting a celebration that really represents their excitement of the opening of their new school so we're very happy to accommodate whatever they would like to do and just make it a safe occasion for everyone who goes to the celebration. We're also very excited for them," he said.

More than a thousand people are expected to attend the event. Monday's meeting emphasized the need for escorts to give guided tours of the school as well security to keep visitors away from the unfinished areas of Stage IV, on the south side of the campus. JFK teacher Angelo Andres said, "We're happy we're working together. We really want the celebration to be big because there's a lot of things that happened to get us to this point. But we do understand that there are some concerns. Hopefully IBC, and I really have faith in them will have everything ready," he explained.

On behalf of the school, Andres asks the community to come out to continue to volunteer to help with the move from Tiyan to Upper Tumon. Volunteers are welcome to show up at the Tiyan campus at 7:30am Monday through Friday and should expect a lot of hard labor. The move into the new campus is pending the school's temporary occupancy permit, which they hope to get by the end of this week.

"We still need some more help," the teacher admitted. "We're almost complete with moving all the equipment off from the Tiyan campus; we still need help. We still need volunteers a lot of books and equipment need to be moved into the containers."

For incoming seniors like Stacey Aquino, this will be her very first time stepping foot on the Tumon campus after three years of double session at George Washington High School and classes at the Tumon site.  She told KUAM News, "We've been trying to help out, volunteer, sacrifice our time also our summer just to get things done from the Tiyan campus so that it could easily be moved to the Tumon campus."

Aquino and fellow classmates believe the new campus will raise school morale. She added, "It's just an opportunity for us to have our spirit back again at our Tumon campus."

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