“It requires us to be very vigilant in maintaining all the health and safety issues. We’re trying to address all those issues,” Superintendent Jon Fernandez explained.
Guam – It’s no secret that the dilapidated Simon Sanchez High School is in desperate need of repairs, but is the campus unsafe for students to attend? Yigo Mayor Rudy Matanane and Superintendent Jon Fernandez differ in their responses.
The government classes of Simon Sanchez protested the recent delay in repairs by taking a knee in front of the Simon Sanchez statue yesterday.
During the protest, Yigo Mayor Matanane reportedly announced that the school was unfit and unsafe for the students to continue to attend.
However, Superintendent Jon Fernandez had a slightly different viewpoint.
“The mayor is entitled to his opinion. And he obviously sits on the Guam Education Board and I encourage him to raise those issues as well… [The campus is] still safe for use. It requires us to be very vigilant in maintaining all the health and safety issues, –we’re trying to address all those issues,” Fernandez explained.
The superintendent also shared that GDOE has used up all their immediate and available resources to address the hazards at Simon Sanchez, but that does not necessarily mean that the school facility is conducive for learning.