by Mindy Aguon
Guam - While F.Q. Sanchez Elementary School stakeholders wait for the Governor's Office to complete a legal review of Bill 257 that was passed by lawmakers on Wednesday night, the Umatac community spent the day cleaning up the campus in preparation for the start of classes.
Governor Eddie Calvo says he fully intends to sign the measure into law once the review is completed, telling KUAM News, "The way the bill works out it gives the necessary resources to the board for them to make that decision and with that in mind I fully anticipate that they will make the right decision…the Legislature has given me the role in the process that if I do have this capability and granted these powers by the Legislature to keep the school open then I will keep the school open."
The island's chief executive admitted he was a bit surprised that lawmakers decided to include the F.Q. issue with the Department of Education's entire budget for the coming year. Additionally he says his fiscal team will have to determine where to make cuts in the rest of the Executive Branch budget because lawmakers gave an additional ten million dollars to DOE.
Education Board member Barry Mead meanwhile tells KUAM News that should the governor sign the bill, the board will call a special meeting to make allocations for each school.