Angry GACS parents voice frustrations over delay

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“I didn’t come here for fundraising, raffle, or freaking picking the [expletive] president of the PTO! I’m here to find out what the [expletive] is going on with my daughter’s education!” one parent vented.

Guam – Tensions rose during last night’s parent teacher organization meeting at Guahan Academy Charter School.

Frustrated parents and stakeholders of Guahan Academy Charter School packed the room of a parent teacher organization meeting last evening to vent their concerns.

One parent demanded, “I want to know where the rest of the board members are because I know [the administrators] are the messengers and we’re chewing you guys out!”

Parents waited patiently for nearly an hour to vent their grievances during the open discussions and concerns portion of the meeting. But when GACS Principal Mary Mafnas cut the discussion short without allowing for questions or comments during the open discussion period, one frustrated parent had enough.

“I didn’t come here for fundraising, raffle, or freaking picking the [expletive] president of the PTO! I’m here to find out what the [expletive] is going on with my daughter’s education!” the parent vented.

After the comment received applause, the parent continued: “My daughter has been literally crying because she’s freaking out and I’m ready to get on a freaking plane to leave because I need her to get educated.”

Administrators told parents the PTO meeting was not meant to voice concerns and went so far as to blame the media for the confusion. However, one parent challenged the notion.

“I specifically spoke to some of your staff members and your staff members told us to come here specifically to [voice] these issues! So, are you going to address these concerns or are you just going to go along with the meeting? Because a lot of these parents are here for that,” she retorted.

At that point, administrators tried to redirect all questions to the board members, but only one board member was present. And when it became clear that the PTO meeting would not entertain further discussion on the delay, the stakeholders left in frustration.

Once outside, one parent continued to describe how the delay has hampered her daughter’s school experience on Guam.

“She freaked out the other night. She was like, ‘mom are you serious? No school again?’ And what do I tell her? ‘Oh sorry babe, only on Guam?’ That’s ridiculous! …This is my freaking island! I wanted her to be raised here. I wanted her to learn our culture. But what is she learning here? Nothing!” the mother said.

Meanwhile, Guahan Academy announced last evening that if vendors finish with last minute services then school might open this Monday, September 18.

Late this afternoon Guam Fire Department Spokesperson Kevin Reily announced that as of 3 pm, the Guahan Academy Charter School has successfully passed their fire inspection and will be given the GFD portion of the building occupancy permitting process.

Adding that Guahan Academy Charter School is now pending final clearance from the Department Public Works.”