Senator Guthertz Concerned About Security at the New JFK High School

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Guam -Senator Judi Guthertz is raising questions about security at the new JFK High School.

Guthertz says that she has written to Acting DOE Superintendent Taling Taitano to find out who is responsible for security at the school and how it will be paid for.

The new JFK will cost Guam tax payers $180 million dollars and Guthertz says the only security provisions she could find int he contract was a reference to a closed circuit TV system.

In a release, Guthertz is quoted as saying “There needs to be firmer protections in place to ensure that we do not waste additional monies as a result of vandalisms and break-ins at the new JFK,”

READ Senator Guthertz’s release in FULL below:

SENATOR GUTHERTZ LOOKS OVER JFK HIGH CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT. FORMER DPS DIRECTOR WONDERS HOW $180 MILLION
PLUS FACILITY IS TO BE SECURED

On a day when it was being reported that vandals and/or thieves had broken into Simon Sanchez High School in Yigo, Senator Judi Guthertz was wondering what plans, if any, the Department of Education had to protect the sparkling new John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning.

The only provision for after school hours security Senator Guthertz found in the two inch thick contract was a closed circuit TV system, though there were no details about who would monitor this should a break‐in occur.  

In a letter to interim DOE Superintendent Taling Taitano, Senator Guthertz asked, “Who is responsible for providing security for the school? How will
it be paid for? Please advise me of the Department of Education’s plan regarding security for our island’s newest educational gem.”

While it has been much publicized that there will be a police koban operating at the school, Guthertz a former DPS Director and Acting Police Chief, said the police presence would be a deterrent, but not a solution, since the officers are responsible for the entire district around the school.

“There need to be firmer protections in place to ensure that we do not waste additional monies as a result of vandalisms and break-ins at the new JFK,”
Senator Guthertz said.