Speaker Won Pat Spends a Day With the “Sharks” at Simon Sanchez High School

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Guam –  Speaker Judi Won Pat was among a number of lawmakers who spent the day at Yigo’s Simon Sanchez High School.

The students issued what they called the “Shark Challenge” to the Senators asking them to experience first hand the challenges of  going to school in a 30 year-old  building.

Speaker Won Pat attended a few classes and ate lunch with the students.

In a release, the Speaker said  that “as with any building, especially school campuses that are over 30 years–old and serving huge populations, there certainly will be some issues to address.” She said that’s why she introduced Bill No. 63-32(COR) now Public Law 32-63, which, she said, ” provides several millions of dollars for the Department of Education and the Governor to prioritize reconstruction and rehabilitation projects.”

About the experience, the Speaker said “It was great to connect with the students and gauge how they feel about the teaching and learning taking place at Simon Sanchez.”


READ the release from Speaker Won Pat below:

Speaker Won Pat swims with the Sharks
Education Chairperson Informed of Campus Challenges,
Learns about Student Life at Simon Sanchez
 

Hagåtña – Speaker Judith Won Pat, Ed.D, attended classes at the Simon Sanchez High School today in support of the “Shark Challenge.”

Students from Yigo’s Simon Sanchez High School invited lawmakers to visit the school and attend a few classes to gain a perspective of student life at the school.  They dubbed it the “Shark Challenge.”

Speaker Won Pat ate lunch with members of the student population, traversed the halls of the rain-soaked Yigo campus and attended classes to experience a day in the life of a student. “It was great to connect with the students and gauge how they feel about the teaching and learning taking place at Simon Sanchez,” said Speaker Won Pat.

As well, staff and students of the school shared some of the challenges that come with maintaining a 30 year-old school facility. In response, Speaker Won Pat noted that she understood and shared the concerns of the Shark community.

“As with any building, especially school campuses that are over 30 years–old and serving huge populations, there certainly will be some issues to address,” stated Speaker Won Pat. “This is precisely why I authored Bill No. 63-32(COR) now Public Law 32-63, which provides several millions of dollars for the Department of Education and the Governor to prioritize reconstruction and rehabilitation projects.”

Speaker Won Pat toured the Simon Sanchez School last Fall and has since researched ways to fund capital improvement needs of Simon Sanchez and other education facilities. This resulted in the introduction PL 32-63 which dedicates over $3 million dollars for the rehabilitation or renovation of the Simon Sanchez High School facility and Athletic fields, and dedicates all future monies derived from the revaluation of properties in Guam for education, including reconstruction purposes.