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DOE prepares for opening of Tiyan school

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Come next school year there will be a new high school for island teenagers. More information will soon be available about the transition to the new Tiyan High School and the Department of Education's partnership with the Guam Community College.

"Just yesterday we visited the Tiyan facility to look at the automotive possibilities to look at whether a ProStart might be an option and so we hope to get to a decision point with GCC very soon," DOE superintendent Jon Fernandez told KUAM News. He says he is also working with ROTC program, saying, "We have met with Army ROTC I know they have funding issues so that's been one of the challenges. I think the Air Force ROTC has stepped up and has said they will be willing to run a program there."

He says a lot of these conversations are on-going adding that it is important that a decision is reached soon so that parents and students can be addressed and expectations for the upcoming school year are clearly set.

And as partnerships are forming Fernandez says he is also securing teachers. "A lot of teachers are concerned about what that means for especially GW and JFL where we won't need as many teachers once the enrollment goes down. We've put out instructions and guidance to teachers to let them know how we are approaching this," he said.

Preference will be given for GW and JFK teachers who would like to teach at Tiyan High School. The first deadline for these teachers to submit their request was April 18. "Once that deadline hits we will open it up to all secondary schools that includes the other high schools as well as the middle schools for teachers that want to be there," he said.

If that process does not fill all the slots DOE will then move into an involuntary process where seniority will be a factor. Fernandez stresses that he aims to get as many teachers at Tiyan High that want to be there so that Tiyan can be taken to the next level in education.

Meanwhile a Tiyan High School website has been developed providing basic information and updates on the progress of the school.  

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