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Fernandez lays out plan to rebuild Sanchez

Posted: May 17, 2018 4:45 PM Updated:

Students at Simon Sanchez High School celebrated Bill 204 lapsing into law, calling it a victory after years of empty promises to rebuild their school. Now, with the Department of Education at the helm, the Superintendent announces his first move.

According to Principal Carla Masnayon of Simon Sanchez High School "It's a great day to be a Shark". She along with students, thanking Senators for unanimously passing Bill 204. "It's Day One for us, a new beginning for our school because we're gonna start counting down the days till our school is rebuilt, she said.

Though the Bill went unsigned by Governor Eddie Calvo, it did lapse into Law. This new law means the tables have turned, now the procurement process to rebuild Simon Sanchez High is no longer in the hands of DPW, but the Department of Education. "In fact," said superintendent Jon Fernandez, "Many people have given up on this project, because they just think it can't be done after so many years. but we don't operate like that at DOE, we don't operate like that at Simon Sanchez we have hope that something can be done if everybody works together."

Fernandez's first order of operations is to send a letter to DPW and Coretech. The protests and appeals currently prevent the procurement process from moving forward. In the letter the Superintendent asks "in good faith" that both will resolve the dispute for DOE to start the procurement process with a "clean slate".

"Give us a chance to get started give us a chance to start new, and do it because this is the right thing to do for the students at Simon Sanchez High School," they pleaded.

The Superintendent adding that he is taking on the pressure to ensure the process to rebuild Simon Sanchez is not only done in a timely manner, but the procurement is competitive and fair.

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