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DOE's air conditioning situation improves since last year

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Things are going to be a lot cooler for the Department of Education students when school starts this year. This year when students return back to school they will be a lot cooler than they have in over a decade. For over a year DOE has been working hard to make the learning environment as comfortable for students as possible.

DOE superintendent Jon Fernandez said, "If you remember over the last year, year and a half the system has gone through a lot of needs in terms of the air conditioning situation and we triply tried to address them school by school classroom by classroom."

As you may recall copper wire was also stolen leaving classrooms out of air condition and out of power for an extended period of time ultimately being addressed through an emergency measure, but that was not the only challenge. "Last September you probably remember we had our ARA funded air conditioning procurement under protest and I worked very hard with those venders for a solution and in the eleventh hour we pulled it off," he said.

With a solution reached DOE was able to purchase over 2,100 A/C units and since then as the units arrive they have been installed in many schools. "Right now we are in the process of installing the major units so Southern High cafeteria, Simon Sanchez cafeteria, Juan M. Guerrero cafeteria so these major units are going in being powered up," he added.

Fernandez hopes to have them in and operational by the start of the school year if not the first week. He adds that there are 150 units that will also go in the classrooms, noting, "We are in a much better place than we were then we have probably ever been in a decade in terms of air conditioning we'll get schools that will say we have one or two classrooms that need to be addressed but we remind them remember last year and the year before that I mean the needs were much higher."

And now that the air conditioning issues have been addressed Fernandez says now they can focus on the other needs of the schools. 
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