by Krystal Paco
Guam - The Guahan Academy Charter School won't be opening doors this week as planned as finding a facility for the school is proving to be quite the challenge. Project director Donna Dwiggins says they've looked at 15 to 20 properties, but are they haven't been able to find a place that meets their requirements for zoning, square footage, and costs.
They were only approved $5,500 per student - $1,000 less than what they requested. "We're just keeping first and foremost children at the forefront. What are their needs? What are their safety and health needs, and trying to find a facility that we want to provide in terms of services," she said.
Dwiggins says they're hopeful to make progress in the coming weeks and open doors next month. Over 100 students are enrolled in the school's literacy program and 400 students have shown interest in attending next school year.