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School tour reveals completion may be ahead of schedule

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Wildcats will soon be able to return home as Untalan Middle School renovations are ahead of schedule. A long awaited walk through of the campus gave key stakeholders and island senators an in depth look at the improvements to the school's existing facility.   

DOE deputy superintendent Rob Malay said, "Its just a validation of the work that has been completed and the progress that has been made its just to say we are on target for the July 15th." He added, "The biggest thing is the construction of 13 concrete classrooms as well as a new restroom facility.  A lot of it is just the complete gutting rebuilding retiling repainting new fixtures, new air conditioners a lot of new appliances."

The $11 million project which began in November of last year is just three months away from the anticipated completion date which Malay says could possibly be completed by June.

Other renovations included

- Grading of floors and construct drainage facilities
- Parking lot renovations
- Renovation of existing main restrooms
- Interior and exterior renovations of administrative offices, library, cafeteria and existing concrete classrooms
- New concrete covered walkways
- New parking and drop off area
- Renovation of existing temporary classroom buildings and relocate 4
- Refurbishment of existing sewage lift station

During the tour island senators took the chance to give their input about how the campus space could be utilized. "I think when folks have ideas on how best to use space all that input is taken on board what the best solution is and you know I've heard some good recommendations about creating community gardens and added sitting space for the students," he said.

As these suggestions where brought up, Senator Judi Won Pat Borja also brought up a concern about the traffic patterns for student drop off and pick up as well as bussing. Malay gave reassurances that he is currently talking with Department of Public Works to work out a pattern that would best suit the middle school. Once construction is completed the school will be able to accommodate 1,200 students.

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