Guam – The Governor’s Chief Education Advisor Vince Leon Guerrero says that a plan has been worked out that will allow the new JFK campus in upper Tumon to open in time for the start of the new school year on August 9th.
When asked whether the new campus will be open by the start of school Leon Guerrero said “Absolutely … at this point, for sure, it will be open, way-in-time for the opening of school.”
However Leon Guerrero said an exact date for completion of the move and the granting of the necessary occupancy permits has not been “nailed down yet.”
The plan, says Leon Guerrero, was hammered out yesterday [Thursday] with officials from Guam EPA, DPW, the DOE attorney and representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and others. During that meeting it was decided to secure partial occupancy permits for the new school as individual portions of the building are completed.
Instead of waiting for the full occupancy permit, securing partial occupancy permits said Leon Guerrero will allow DOE to start to move classroom equipment, textbook and supplies into the school in stages.
“So that this way we’re not crunched with a huge massive transporting of equipment and materials and supplies from the Tiyan facility to JFK” adding that “this is going to greatly relieve the pressure of having to relocate a whole bunch of stuff. so we’ll be able to move this forward on a nice incremental fashion.”
READ a release from the Governor’s Office on JFK in FULL below:
NEWS: JFK Will Open on Time
JFK Will Open on Time; Governor’s Office brings parties together to ensure smooth sailing through opening
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2011
John F. Kennedy High School is set to begin the 2011-2012 school year on time. The construction completion of the new school by July 15 should not hinder the start of classes.
In the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, Governor Calvo directed his Chief Education Advisor, Vince Leon Guerrero, to bring all parties together. Representatives from the public schools, Department of Public Works, and the Guam Economic Development Authority met late yesterday to clear up roles, responsibilities and processes for addressing time-sensitive issues, and to establish protocols on how to proceed with any changes to the construction contract.
Leon Guerrero discovered that IBC could not start work last year because of a longer-than-usual permitting process in government agencies. Also, IBC was requested to do additional work, which they are doing free of charge.
To ensure there are no further delays, officials have been directed to process any change orders, which could have cost implications or take considerable time, through the contracting officer: DPW.
The bottom line is that the construction completion delay should not adversely impact the start of school date.
“JFK Islanders will have a brand new school by the first day of classes,” Governor Eddie Baza Calvo said. “It’s been a long road for these students, their parents and teachers. We’re almost there. We’re on top of this situation, because all parties involved in this process are committed to work together to open JFK on time.”