Guam – Nothing new will be built in an agreement finalized between the Governor’s Office and CoreTech yesterday to purchase the Tiyan facilities currently used by Untalan Middle School and Guahan Academy Charter School. The deal however will allow a new central high school to open once the UMS wildcats return to the their Barrigada campus and the Department of Education central offices are likely to move as well. “To be in limbo is not a very good position to be in,” Governor Calvo said of the uncertainty surrounding the agreement in recent weeks.
The $57 Million tax credit deal didn’t come without criticism and Calvo today told PNC he anticipates there will still be challenges ahead.
“Senators have made public statements that they were gonna resort to court action, I talk about Senator Pangelinan and Senator San Nicolas,” the Governor said. “This would jeopardize all these students that are currently using the campus as well as the plans for GW and some of the other public schools such as JFK that have this overcrowding problem.”
This latest agreement scratches out plans to build more office space for DOE but the headquarters will still be able move from Agana to Tiyan.
“The existing CoreTech facility, the old CoreTech office,s that will be just enough to take the central offices in Agana out,” the Governor’s Education Liaison Vince Leon Guerrero explained. “What (the Superintendent) wanted to do was combine all of the central office functions that are currently housed (elsewhere)… and then bring the facilities and maintenance so that they are all together in one location.”
The deal also leaves out athletic facilities for the new high school but Governor Calvo hopes the legislature will give it more consideration, as the government has six months to act on new construction
“I am going to defer to the legislature and I will not make a move until the legislature decides what they want to do,” Calvo said.
DOE has identified attendance areas out of the GWHS and JFK districts to attend the new central high school according to Leon Guerrero. About 1,600-1,800 students are expected to attend the new school. 1,100 students currently occupy the space as the temporary UMS campus.