Bill to repair Southern High auditorium now law

Southern High School (PNC file photo)

Bill 269-35, which proposes a public-private partnership (PPP) to repair and rehabilitate the Southern High School Auditorium is now Public Law 35-143. The measure was unanimously passed in December by lawmakers of the 35th Guam Legislature. Because of the government’s tight finances, an “outside the box” effort was sought out.

PL 35-143 would authorize tax credits in the amount of $500,000 a year for no more than two years for those businesses that contribute towards the repairs of the air conditioning and rehabilitation of the facility. For every dollar, an entity provides, they attain an equal amount in credits towards their Business Privilege Taxes. This “interest free loan” represents a similar program that has repaired other public facilities, with the Harmon Industrial Park Roadway being the most recent.

The Southern High School Auditorium is a state-of-the-art facility that has unfortunately deteriorated over the years, and thus their doors have remained closed. This “Beacon of the South” can provide many educational and cultural benefits for students, not only of the school, but throughout the island. A repaired facility also has the opportunity of generating revenue for its many usages, including theater, art, and music.

“I would like to thank my colleagues of the 35th Guam Legislature for their support of this vital measure, and Governor Leon Guerrero for enacting Bill 269-35 into law. I would also like to extend an appreciation to Principal Michael Meno, Assistant Principal Darlene Roberto, and Southern High Educator, Ms. Chloe Dydasco, for initially raising this issue back in 2019, and sharing the importance of the facility,” stated Senator Moylan. “Of course, the work is far from over, as now we are in the phase of seeking private contributors, of which my office will certainly assist in any capacity we are able to, to ensure that the objectives of this mandate are accomplished,” added Senator Moylan.