Yamashita Bill Would Require Updated 10-Year Capital Improvement Plans at Guam DOE

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Guam – Senator Aline Yamashita is proposing a measure to require Guam DOE to update a 10-year Capital Improvement Project Plan “continuously.”

She has dubbed her Bill 315 “The Teaching & Learning Communities Act.”

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The purpose of the measure she says is to ensure “that school communities are properly planned for with visionary leadership.”

In a release, the Senator says that effective advance planning on maintenance issues “will help curb environmental issues associated with our schools so that schools no longer experience over-flowing sewage problems, rodent problems, leaking ceilings, or over-crowded campuses.”

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Bill introduced to assist GDOE with planning

Today, Senator Aline A. Yamashita introduced a measure to ensure the Guam Department of Education realizes its vision as “we prepare all students for life, promote excellence and provide support” into the 21st Century, the senator says.

Sen. Yamashita has communicated with Education officials who agree with the intent of Bill No. 315- 31 (COR) “The Teaching & Learning Communities Act” which mandates that the education department continuously updates a 10-Year Capital Improvement Project Plan, ensuring that school communities are properly planned for with visionary leadership.

“Effective planning for maintenance issues will help curb environmental issues associated with our schools so that schools no longer experience over-flowing sewage problems, rodent problems, leaking ceilings, or over-crowded campuses,” Sen. Yamashita says. “Effective planning will require that attendance areas and population growth are monitored, taken into consideration, and planned for as the school population is expected to grow leaps and bounds.”

Continuously updated Capital Improvement Plans will ensure that our campuses are safe, secure, energized, relevant, and meaningful as programs are realized, so that every growing student realizes their potential, she adds.