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Won Pat urges Calvo to ‘work together’ on GDOE problems

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AFTER the recent signing of the Tiyan purchase agreement, Speaker Judith Won Pat urged Gov. Eddie Calvo to "work together to address the problems that have plagued the Guam Department of Education schools for so long."

Won Pat also noted, in a letter addressed to the governor, that although the purchase agreement has been signed and the Tiyan buildings will be used to alleviate some of the burden faced by the education department, the Tiyan properties are not enough to fully address the overcrowding in schools.

"George Washington High School is not the only campus on-island struggling with overcrowded, dilapidated and dated facilities. As I encouraged in my letter dated Dec. 26, it is time for us to put our minds together and come up with long-lasting solutions for our students," she said.

Won Pat also indicated her plans to meet with GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez to discuss the alternatives she offered for alleviating overcrowding.

"We need to see how we can redistrict, restructure and reorganize our schools to better meet the needs of our growing student population," she said.

Won Pat also mentioned two bills which she recently introduced: Bills 225 and 226.

Bill 226, sponsored by Won Pat and Sens. Aline Yamashita and Tina Muña-Barnes, would authorize the use of $6 million in business privilege taxes and the revaluation of real property for the financing, design, and rehabilitation of 35 GDOE schools.

Bill 225, a measure introduced by the same three senators, seeks to utilize $5 million from the revaluation of real property tax which is scheduled to be available in fiscal 2016 to renovate or construct a new Simon Sanchez High School and to construct new athletic facilities

Both bills will be heard at the January session.

Just this week, Fernandez said the passage of Bills 225 and 226 would enable the education department to immediately begin to address some of its critical needs.

In her letter, the speaker said that concerns surrounding the purchase of Core Tech International Corp.'s Tiyan properties sparked an important dialogue that she hopes Adelup and the Legislature would continue.

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