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School staffers work to get campuses ready

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - While students are out for summer, employees and contractors are hard at work to ensure schools are ready for students to head back to class. And hundreds at Untalan Middle School and the new Tiyan High will be returning to newly-renovated campuses.

Renovations to Untalan Middle School should be complete by July 17th. According to Department of Education superintendent Jon Fernandez, he's been assured things are going according to schedule, saying, "So that means all the work in the interior is complete the installation of windows finishing the façade completing the drainage systems and removing all the debris that came out of the renovation which is being stored in the back all of that will happen in the next two weeks."

The Home of the Wildcats has been undergoing $11 million worth of renovations over the last several months. You may remember it was shutdown two years ago due to multiple health and safety violations. According to Fernandez once the project is completed in two weeks and it clears inspections by DOE will begin moving school equipment inside.

The project here at UMS isn't the only major one DOE is working on. Fernandez says they are preparing to open the new Tiyan High School with all the other DOE schools on August 18. "We are working back from that date to make sure we have everything in place to make sure we are ready to go that includes the order for collateral equipment which we understand after sitting down with core tech who ordered the equipment that it will be coming in around the first week of August," he said.

In addition, the administrative team led by Sophie Duenas, has been interviewing teachers and staff for the school. As we reported, a total of 54 teachers submitted transfer requests from JFK and GW - they are now going through the interview process.  Registration for both schools are currently underway; for UMS daily at GW High School in room A-101 from 9-11am and 1-3pm this month.

As for Tiyan High, registration packets are available at the main office and Building A of the DOE Headquarters.
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