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$100M committed for school facilities

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - The Home of the Sharks will soon see renovations being made to their campus.

It was late last year that a walkthrough of Simon Sanchez High School revealed the reality students and staff face everyday.  From holes in the floor to missing ceiling panels and intolerably hot classrooms, hearing the concerns set forth by the Sharks three months ago Public Laws 32-120 and 32-121 were enacted, enabling school campuses to get the financial support to address deteriorating facilities, out-of-date designs, and overcrowded classroom situations. So where is the department of education at in terms of the facility.

Superintendent Jon Fernandez told KUAM News, "We made a promise to SSHS students that we would address there facility out of the box as the first school that still remains our commitment."

Fernandez says he has been working with the governor, GEDA, Public Works and  legislative supporters like Speaker Judi Won Pat, and Sentor Aline Yamashita on the issue. As we reported the governor made a commitment to identify $100 million for school facilities, with Fernandez saying, "We have asked for the resources to develop a master facilities plan and from there we hope to be able to set up a plan to use for the remaining resources for the rest of our schools."

DOE, GEDA and DPW met Thursday to discuss and include agencies input. The Governor's Office estimates three weeks for the RFP to be published. Meanwhile, Fernandez says he has sent a letter to the governor in hopes to have the request for proposal out before the Sharks senior class walks on graduation day June 7th.

The goal for construction on the home of the Sharks is late this summer with simultaneous work to happen with the master plan. 

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