Long-awaited Benavente Middle project finally completed
The Benavente Middle School annex, located in the front of the school, was a condemned set of classrooms. It used to be a pair of buildings that had just a metal and concrete foundation. Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez said it has been an issue for years.
"We've never been able to get this dealt with over the last 10 years," he said. "We've been working with volunteers, National Guard, private vendors trying to come in and every time they get to the point of starting the work and something always happens. They say oh they can't do it or they run out of time or run into a rule or regulation we can't address."
And this year the Department of Public Works came through Fernandez said.
"They said let's handle the permitting, let's get the work done," he said. Unfortunately, all the permitting took some time so we weren't able to get it until this past week, and then over the past four or five days, we were able to get the bulldozer, excavators, dump trucks over there to clear it out. So we were concerned over the weekend that they wouldn't be done and there would be some partial debris all over the place, metal and things like that. We were looking at plan b, but DPW worked over the weekend, worked yesterday and I saw trucks over there today to make sure the site was clear. And they actually completed the project."
The project is completed, but students are still not allowed to go there, as they continue to do some minor clean up.
DPW Director Vince Arriola says this was a very big project that they were able to get done just in time for the start of the school year.
"You know it required us bringing in an excavator, taking out the walls and the steel beams, and things like that," he said. "They really were a hazard to the children so I'm sure the folks at Benavente Middle School are much happier now."