Guam – Efforts to re-open Simon Sanchez High School by the start of the new school year are moving forward.
The school has been under an order of closure by the Department of Public Health and Social Services after failing its 6th Health and Safety Inspection on June 7th.
While cracked tiles and baseboards have been fixed, doe officials are still working out the details to have roof leaks repaired and to replace broken chairs and desks. DOE Deputy Superintendent of Finance Taling Taitano says an Invitation for Bids is expected to be published by next week for the roofing problems.
“We have the roofing specs,” Taitano said “We’re in the process of dropping that into an IFB or Invitation for Bid.and we plan to publish it by Wednesday.”
DOE also must replace broken chairs and desks at Simon Sanchez before the school can reopen. Taitano says her staff is working diligently to find funding to replace the furniture. She says a proposal to use local appropriations was sent to Speaker Judi Won Pat’s office late last week.
“One of the things that we’re kind of looking at is possibility of getting flexibility with the use of some of our local appropriations,” Tatiano explains. “We want to use that money to purchase the additional desks.” Taitano said she is under the understand that Public Health will accept the Purchase Order as DOE’s commitment to replace the desks and chairs and that might be enough to allow the school to re-open.
Maintenance repairs are also being made to two schools threatened with closure by the DPHSS. Taitano says Agueda Johnston Middle School could be ready for re-inspection by as early as Thursday. Southern High School Principal James Petite told PNC today that lighting issues are still being resolved at his school but it should be ready for re-inspection by next week.