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Tamuning neighbor upset with school

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - It looks like regulatory agencies aren't the only ones pointing fingers at Providence International Christian Academy in Tamuning. PICA school staffers reportedly aren't being the good neighbors they claim to be.

Attorney Randy Cunliffe has lived near the Guam Memorial Hospital on Father Duenas Drive in Tamuning since the 1980s and in recent months, hasn't been too happy with his new neighbors. Cunliffe is concerned because the 20 homes on his street all value over a half-million dollars, but with a school on the block, will greatly reduce property value.

"They have no business putting a school there on our residential neighborhood," he told KUAM News. "It's probably the most valuable residential property on Guam. The property values are very, very high there - when you put in a commercial or a school, it reduces your property values."

The same school has been operating for years without proper permitting from the island's various regulatory agencies. After today's visit from the Department of Public Health, environmental health specialist Marilou Bumagat says the facility may not even pass sanitary inspection. Bumagat says that the inspection wasn't completed today and inspectors will return tomorrow, but the facility was already cited for having a family living on the second floor as well as a lack of urinals for male students.

Cunliffe hopes that if the regulatory agencies don't shut down the school, then his petition to the Guam Land Use Commission will. Already six of his neighbors have signed on, and more are showing interest. "If they're good neighbors, why don't they follow the law? Everybody else does," said. "I expect people to follow the law - obviously I have to follow the law, and why do they think they can get away with not following the law just opening a school without permits? It's crazy. They shouldn't be allowed to do that. I'm going to send a letter to the Attorney General, asking him to prosecute them."

Cunliffe expects to have the letter out by Friday. 

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