Guam – Governor Calvo says he has ordered the Department of Public Works to issue a Request for Proposal [RFP] for $100-million dollars in school renovations by Wednesday of this week.
The RFP calls for leaseback financing proposals to manage the repair work to the public schools. The Governor made the announcement during the Simon Sanchez High Commencement Address at the UOG Field House Saturday.
The Governor said the plan is to break ground on the renovation of Simon Sanchez in December, “barring any procurement protest or delay.” And then “a master plan will be developed for the renovation of the remaining public schools needing fixes.”
READ the release from Governor’s Office below:
Public school renovations RFP coming out Wednesday; SSHS renovations start in December
“We’re guiding this process to make sure it happens as efficiently as possibly. We’re working with Jon Fernandez, the board, and their team. We’re going to make the best use of this money. We’re going to look at these schools and not just patch up the ceilings and buy new tiles. We’re going to see how we can modernize classrooms so that they are places that make it fun and exciting for students to learn.” – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
“For as long as many of us can remember, the news on public schools is constantly about the poor condition of the buildings. The discussion should center around learning and teaching. That’s why it’s been so important for the government to invest in facilities where students can learn. When we start modernizing our schools, students and teachers will have the classrooms they need for learning to happen at a high standard. And there will be nothing left to focus on but teaching and learning. I’m so excited to start this project. My team can’t wait. The students waited decades for this to happen.” – Superintendent Jon Fernandez
SSHS renovations start in December; remaining schools will follow
We will break ground on the renovation of Simon Sanchez High School in December, barring any procurement protest or delay. While that’s happening, a master plan will be developed for the renovation of the remaining public schools needing fixes. Once that plan is done, renovations will start on those schools. The order of renovations will be from the school with the greatest safety concerns to the one with the fewest risks.
The Governor made this announcement yesterday at the SSHS graduation.
RFP for $100M in renovations will be issued Wednesday
Governor Calvo ordered the Director of Public Works to let out the notice of Request for Proposals for management and lease-leaseback financing of about $100 million in public school renovations. Carl Dominguez, DPW director, will be reserving ad space in the Marianas Variety and the Pacific Daily News Monday for this notice of RFP. The issuance date of the RFP will be this coming Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Interested offerers should pick up a copy of the Wednesday edition of either the PDN or the MV Guam. The RFP also will be published on the DPW website, dpw.guam.gov. The RFP will provide all necessary timelines for interested companies to follow.
How will this be paid?
The company that wins the RFP will secure the financing of the $100 million in renovations. GovGuam will pay back the lienholder over a certain number of years until the total bill is paid. The annual payment to the company will be paid from the Territorial Education Facilities Fund. That fund will be receiving millions more every year thanks to the efforts of the men and women of the Departments of Revenue & Taxation and Land Management. Their combined efforts are leading to the re-appraisal of all real property on Guam, which is expected to raise property values and, as a result, real property revenues. Speaker Judi Won Pat authored the legislation prioritizing this additional money to these renovations.
Who is responsible for what?
DPW is taking the lead on this program. The Governor directed the Guam Economic Development Authority to work with the Department of Education to support DPW in this undertaking. Since the Governor’s state of the island address, when he announced this as part of his 10-point plan for 2014, DPW, GEDA, and DOE have been working to plan this RFP and the goals for the use of this $100 million.