GDOE Conducting Site Visits to Identify Major Issues at Schools

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Some of the major problems at the schools include tin or plywood coming off, fencing repairs, canopy repairs, removal of debris, and restroom issues. 

Guam – The Guam Department of Education has wrapped up their school visits to the secondary schools this week and will be conducting walk-throughs of the island’s elementary schools.

 

According to GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez, the secondary schools are the ones with the most need in terms of maintenance because they are the older facilities. Fernandez explains that they conduct walk-throughs every summer to identify and address major needs before the start of the school year. According to Fernandez, they aim to meet the minimum requirements of the Adequate Education Act, meaning the schools have the sufficient number of working restrooms and there are no immediate health and safety concerns. So far, Fernandez says, some of the major problems at the schools they’ve already visited include tin or plywood coming off, fencing repairs, canopy repairs, removal of debris, and restroom issues. 

Fernandez says, “So in our observations, clearly, there are big projects that still need to be attended to. We have deteriorating canopies which results in leaks when it rains when water comes down, it’s dangerous and make students wet. Those type of things that are ongoing and will take a lot of resources for a complete repair so right now as we go through, we’re looking at areas where it seems like they need an immediate band aid so we can at least make that short term fix but overall, we’re really waiting for that $100 million dollar procurement to be able to address the canopy needs throughout the whole school system.”
 
Fernandez says they will be start visiting the elementary schools next week.