“With the water woes that we were experiencing in Tiyan…we decided to set it for Tuesday the day after Labor Day,” – GACS Board Treasurer Victor Perez.
Guam – Citing “reasons beyond their control” Guahan Academy Charter School announced that grades 6 through 12 will not be starting classes until September 5.
According to Victor Perez, GACS Board Treasurer, water issues are the latest problems plaguing the school.
“With the water woes that we were experiencing in Tiyan…we decided to set it for Tuesday the day after Labor Day,” Perez said.
But there have been other issues as well, including poor air quality and stalled construction for necessary renovation.
“As you know, we’ve had water woes and numerous obstacles dealing with the permitting agencies and with our consultants working diligently in what is required. We should make that date on September 5th,” Perez said.
In a social media post, Mrs. Cruz Dean from the charter school wrote:
“We worked hard to try and make our new campus safe and functional for teaching and learning. However, due to circumstances beyond our control,…we felt the it would be in the best interest of your child(ren) that we delay the start of the classes until next week Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.”
This will inevitably mean that GACS will have no choice but to make up the academic days lost, extending the school year to meet mandatory instructional days.
“It’s more than a few days more than GDOE as far as instructional days go,” explained Joseph Limtiaco Cabana, the Finance Officer for GACS. He added, “We are meeting the minimum plus maybe a few more days.”
But ultimately, Perez says they’re ready to put all the delays behind them and focus on the upcoming year.
“We’re looking forward to seeing all the kids come and enjoy the new school year,” he said.