by Krystal Paco
Guam - Emotional testimony was heard this afternoon at the Guam Legislature in support of Bill 257, introduced by Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. The legislation provides $157,000 to keep F.Q. Sanchez Elementary School in Umatac opened.
The Guam Education Board several weeks ago by a majority vote shut down the school to save money for the cash-strapped Department of Education. But many residents and Mayor Dean Sanchez believe the school is being targeted. He said, "F.Q. was singled out in the Evergreen Report what it really meant was the entire school system has to contribute to the lessening of the budget the entire school system but F.Q. was specifically named because someone took is as a prejudicial concern that they put F.Q. out there in the forefront so they can take us out."
When asked who he thought the person is, he said, "I believe it is the superintendent herself. My father and many fathers of us told her right then and there the first time she made the attempt, but get the hell out of Umatac. How could she even attempt to close the school when the mission of DOE is to educate?"
He added, "I'm tired, people are tired. We're being targeted all over this damn island we have to stand now we have to fight we have to protect our people or else it's going to happen, Mr. Chairman. It going to happen [sic]. We are going to retaliate we're trying to hold on we depend on you, I have confidence. Standup and fight, I don't care who you fight. Defend the island and the people!"
The Guam Education Board contends that $157,000 still wouldn't be enough to keep the school.