(GDOE) The Superintendent of Education is requesting that Governor Eddie Baza Calvo approve an emergency procurement for custodial services at Guam Department of Education (GDOE) schools.
The current GDOE custodial services contract expires on September 30, 2018. In June, the procurement for new custodial services was initiated. However, a protest was filed and subsequently appealed to the Office of Public Accountability (OPA), resulting in a stay of the procurement process.
The current appeal leaves the department in jeopardy of not having a custodial services contract in place by October 1, 2018.
In response to this situation, Superintendent Jon Fernandez is requesting for an emergency procurement of custodial services, and sent a letter to Governor Calvo along with a certification of emergency, seeking the Governor’s approval.
Upon the Governor’s approval, the emergency procurement will allow GDOE to solicit custodial services for a 30-day period in the interim, until the OPA addresses the current appeal.
Additionally, several schools have opted to provide in-house custodial services, including Astumbo Elementary School, Merizo Martyrs’ Memorial Elementary School, and Daniel L. Perez Elementary School.
As these schools work to provide in-house services, each will receive custodial supplies as well as additional funding to be used by the schools to purchase instructional equipment and supplies.
“I want to thank our schools that have taken the initiative to maintain their school environments, however many of our schools, especially our larger campuses, are in need of significant support in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our children,” Fernandez said. “Unless were able to obtain these interim services, we do believe the health and safety of our students will be put at risk.”