VIDEO: Principals Discuss Needs With Governor During Tour of Southern Schools

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Guam – Governor Eddie Calvo and his Administration are making their rounds to the island’s public schools.  Calvo hopes to visit all of the schools by the end of year.

On Wednesday he checked the first two schools off his list, Harry S Truman Elementary School and Southern High School in Santa Rita.

Truman Elementary Acting Principal Geraldine Cruz says the discussion made her more aware of the services that agencies like mental health, public health and department of youth affairs have to offer the island’s schools.

“We know what resources they have to offer and that we can utilize,” said Pablo “They can help our students and help our parents access those resources.”

Governor Calvo says connecting schools with government resources is the purpose of these visits.  He also thinks its important for him to know what the needs of each individual school are.

“Now its a matter of getting the gears to work together to work in closer collaboration not only with the (education) board and DOE Management but with principals, with teachers and with the consumers” the Governor said.

At Southern High School, Principal James Petitte told Governor Calvo that the school’s maintenance needs are so big that it would be best for the school to have its own Maintenance Department.

“The Air Conditioning System here has proven to be a major issue,” Petitte said mentioning that instruction hours had to be reduced in the past because of the problem. “The other issue is the lack of ability for our students to truly appreciate the facility,” he continued. “Some of these kids are graduating without playing in the gym or listening to a performance in the Performing Arts Center. To me its tragic. Such a magnificent facility needs to be kept up.”

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