The Vice-Speaker says the intent was never to purchase the old building but rather to lease it temporarily until new schools could be built.
Guam – Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz is asking the Attorney General if GovGuam can terminate or modify the lease with Coretech for the Tiyan High school campus. The Vice-Speaker says the intent was never to purchase the old building but rather to lease it temporarily until new schools could be built.
When GovGuam is done paying for the lease of the Tiyan High School campus from Coretech in December of 2041, taxpayers will have forked out $255,179,013.33.
“The cost is ludicrous!” said Vice-Speaker Cruz. In fact to build a brand new Simon Sanchez high school GovGuam is only looking at spending about $77 million dollars. According to the OPA’s performance audit of the Tiyan lease, GovGuam is paying $662 dollars per square foot for Okkodo high school, $751 dollars per square foot for JFK high school and $847 dollars per square foot for Tiyan High.
Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz is asking the Attorney General whether or not GovGuam can terminate or modify the lease for Tiyan.
“It was never my intention that the Government should ever want to buy buildings that are as old as I am,” said Vice-Speaker Cruz.
However, if GovGuam continues paying for this lease the government may just end up buying the Tiyan campus.
GovGuam is currently paying $10.1 million monthly for the Tiyan campus. According to the Governor’s office the amended and restated lease was signed on November 6, 2014. By the end of this fiscal year, we would have paid $22.4 million.
The Vice-Speaker doesn’t think GovGuam should purchase this building. “It was never meant to be a school and so I could not see us purchasing it although I was not opposed to it as a temporary site. For bringing in first JFK then Untalan then Simon then GW as we built their campuses up. But it was never meant to become a central high school permanently after all those others were built then find an area and build a central high school brand new from the ground up that was state of the art for the 21st century not something built in the early 20th century,” said the Vice-Speaker.
Cruz says that the former Attorney General Lenny Rapadas issued an opinion that essentially said there were ways for GovGuam to get out of the Tiyan lease.