Guam -We are now one month into the school year but bus pick up and drop off delays continue to be a problem for the Guam Public Schools.
Senator Tom Ada Wednesday held another oversight hearing to talk with school officials and the Department of Public Works about the issue. At the hearing Senator Ada questioned DPW about maintenance records. He had asked DPW for the records from eight buses but was told that the supervisor in charge of the records has been on light duty and that no one else knows where the records are.
“I find that difficult to accept,” Ada said during the hearing. “I really hope somebody goes and talks to this guy and finds out where the records are.”
Four of the buses Ada asked for records of are currently inoperable.
DPW Director Andy Leon Guerrero says the shortage of working buses is the cause of the delays in the mornings and afternoons but he says the ongoing road construction adds to the frustration.
Currently 97 buses are in use. DPW leased ten of those buses from a private company. In order for each route to have their own bus DPW would need 179 buses.
DPW Director Andy Leon Guerrero says the shortage of working buses is the cause of the delays in the mornings and afternoons but he says the ongoing road construction is also a big part of the problem.
“Anything outside those construction areas won’t be affected as much as schools in those construction areas.” Leon Guerrero said.