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Vandals hit Untalan Middle School over the weekend

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It seems to be a recurring story: as the Secure Our Schools Act invitation for bid has yet to be awarded, school vandals have stuck once again.     

It was late Saturday evening when vandals made their mark on several rooms at Untalan Middle School. Acting DOE deputy superintendent Chris Anderson told KUAM News, "Roughly 3-4 classrooms were broken into, vandalized, as well as several main offices at the facility."  

According to GPD spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, several of the rooms had damaged windows. One other classroom also had damages to the door, indicating an attempted forced entry. "Several things were stolen, but nothing of high value was noted," he said. "They did contact the Guam Police Department to initiate an investigation, they're currently conducting a damage assessment at this time to find out what the actual costs are to the department, and once that's determined, we can put that out for public consumption."

Anderson continued, "In general we're always concerned about the security of our campuses, of course these kinds of break ins are an additional cost that the department has not necessarily budgeted for, so it makes it very difficult for us to accomplish our main goal which is to educate our children."

The Secure Our Schools Act, signed into law in April 2013, provides for $1 million to procure surveillance and security equipment for all Guam public schools. Two years later, however, the IFB has yet to be awarded. According to superintendent Jon Fernandez, it still rests in the hands of the General Services Agency.

Interested bidders were touring the school in March, and the GSA continues to work on the bid although officials have been unable to provide a timeline as to when the process will be completed.

Meanwhile, GPD continues to develop the neighborhood watch program, another vehicle which could be used to help fight against instances of vandalism at our schools. "We're encouraging those in the community, if they have information that can lead to identifying those responsible for this, we definitely appreciate that, so Guam Crimestoppers, I believe is the recommended vehicle to go ahead and report that, so we're encouraging folks to do that," Officer Balajadia said.

All calls are anonymous and you can send in your tips to 477-HELP (4357).

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