by Krystal Paco
Guam - There may be hope for Providence International Christian Academy. The Tamuning school has been operating for months without proper permitting from the island's various regulatory agencies, but as of Wednesday received a three-month assembly permit from the Guam Fire Department.
According to GFD spokesperson Lieutenant Ed Artero, the permit is temporary while owners William and Paula Schmidt work on applying with the Guam Land Use Commission to change their rezoning classification from residential to commercial. Artero adds that changes must be made to pass future inspections, including installation of a fire alarm, changing out sliding doors, and building a fire wall to separate the upstairs living area from the first-floor school.
Last week the school failed to obtain a sanitary permit from the Department of Public Health.